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Workforce Council funds free manufacturing skills training program

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) is funding a program to provide free training to give individuals skills to help them obtain jobs in manufacturing.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program should attend a free orientation on November 17 or 24 at 3 p.m. at WorkSource, 305 S. Pacific Avenue, Suite A, Kelso or November 19 and 30 at 10 a.m. at Lower Columbia College’s Career Center, 1600 Maple Street, ADC 120, Longview. To RSVP and for more information, contact Tammi at WorkSource at 360-578-4256 or or Crystal at 360-578-4212 or

Attaining a CPT certificate may increase an individual’s employability by demonstrating to employers that the individual possess the core competencies required in manufacturing. Participants who successfully complete training will be certified in safety, manufacturing processes and production, maintenance awareness, quality practices and measurement.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a GED or high school diploma. Manufacturing experience is not required but applicants should have an interest in working in manufacturing.

The CPT training classes will be held at Lower Columbia College Monday-Thursday, January 11 through March 4 from 3-7 p.m.

Space is limited and individuals are encouraged to contact WorkSource immediately for details. Participants who complete the training will be eligible for no-cost career coaching and job placement services through WorkSource.


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