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Two-year plan aims to prep more workers for long-term care

The Columbian
Published: June 11, 2015, 12:00am

The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative has completed a new two-year plan to prepare more workers for jobs in the long-term care industry.

The region’s long-term care sector is expected to add more than 6,000 jobs over the next eight years, a 25 percent employment increase. The new “2015-2017 Long-Term Care Workforce Plan” calls for a targeted marketing campaign, a vetting process within the workforce system to refer high-quality candidates to businesses, and training opportunities for prospective workers in the field.

The collaborative consists of several workforce organizations across the Portland-Vancouver region, including the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council in Washington’s Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Its next meeting with long-term care businesses is July 28 in Vancouver. Long-term care employers interested in attending or learning more should contact Tracy Schreiber, SWWDC’s Employer Services Manager, at tschreiber@swwdc.org or 360-567-3185.