Job Training Programs
Four years ago I campaigned on one simple theme: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. And up until the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, our employment picture was steadily improving. One key element in the growth of jobs was the work done by a little-known agency called Workforce: Southwest Washington. Another one is the Grounds for Opportunity Café in downtown Kelso, a worker-training program that prepares low-income clients for jobs in the restaurant industry. In addition, they cook and serve congregate meals for seniors and assemble meals for delivery by Meals on Wheel volunteers.
Workforce: SW coordinates with local organizations like Goodwill Industries and Lower Columbia College to operate job-training programs. In addition, the group has developed a highly successful internship program with small businesses willing to provide on-the-job training while other schooling is undertaken. One potential success story is their agreement with Northwest Innovation Works, the Kalama methanol plant, to pay LCC students taking a job-training course. I serve with commissioners from Clark and Wahkiakum counties in overseeing Workforce: SW.
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