Workforce Southwest Washington Launches Summer Employment Program to Connect Businesses to Young Adults

Workforce Southwest Washington Launches Summer Employment Program to Connect Businesses to Young Adults

To help businesses tap into a potential source of talent – young adults – and to help youth learn about the world of work, Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW), the local workforce development board for Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, has launched SummerWorks, a summer employment program for young adults ages 16 to 21.

“A number of companies have already decided to invest in their future workforce by joining the SummerWorks program, and we’re looking for more,” said Kevin Perkey, Workforce Southwest Washington CEO.

SummerWorks is designed to provide businesses with qualified employees that can assist with a variety of tasks or project-based assignments. Before being placed at a business, the young adults receive 40 hours of work-skills training and are pre-screened for fit with the company.

SummerWorks handles payroll and covers wages, insurance and taxes for 90 hours of work experience with the company. Hours and days per week are decided by the business and talent. Companies provide supervision and direction and approve time sheets.

Numerous companies have already signed up to hire a SummerWorks intern, including nonprofit organizations, healthcare, automotive, retail and a variety of other local businesses.

Interested companies and organizations should contact Christine Katon at 360.355.3119 or

Companies have much to gain by hiring young adults for summer or part-time jobs, including an opportunity to see the abilities of potential candidates and train them to their standards, engagement with an important audience of potential customers and/or talent pool, fresh perspective and innovative and novel ways of thinking about business.

This project is funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, with funds provided through Workforce Southwest Washington.

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SummerWorks is an initiative of Workforce Southwest Washington. SummerWorks and Workforce Southwest Washington are equal opportunity employers/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay Service 711.

Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW), a nonprofit organization founded in 2002, contributes to regional economic growth by providing investments and resources to improve the skills and education of the workforce in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. WSW-funded programs operated by WorkSource and community-based organizations help businesses recruit, train and retain talent and provide individuals with the skills, education and training to find work or advance in their careers. Learn more at