WorkSource is funded by state and federal grants with one goal: to help people return to work. We do this through a plethora of means, by providing job seeking resources like a free-to-use computer lab, career guidance, resume reviews, mock interviews, childcare assistance, transportation assistance, training, and more.

We do a lot. And we’re proud of the work we do.

But not everyone knows that WorkSource helps employers just as much as job seekers. In fact, we have an entire Business Services team whose job it is to meet with businesses, assist with their staffing needs, and help them qualify for tax breaks and other incentives.

By investing in local industry, our job seekers can benefit as well. That’s because we view our local job market holistically—as a partnership between employers and workers. A living, breathing entity symbiotically linked with another living, breathing entity—each depending on the other to thrive.

In this spirit, WorkSource is proud to announce that we have funds to support the staff training of local businesses!

This is an incredible opportunity for eligible employers, as training is a large and often unavoidable expense. Everyone needs people, but ultimately—you need people who can do the job. The Association for Talent Development reports that organizations spend an average of $1,252 on employee training.

With these training funds, WorkSource can help offset the cost of doing business. But it’s important to remember that with these funds at your disposal, training is more than just getting new hires up to speed. It also can support the upskilling of employees you already have.

In a world where the market is facing constant disruptions—both economic and technological—it’s easy for businesses to stagnate in the face of change. But with the support of WorkSource, you can take steps to future-proof your business and support your employees’ professional development.

But how much can an eligible business save on training when working with WorkSource?

Right now, we’re able to offer $2,500 toward your employees’ training. More than double the reported average spend!

WorkSource is one of our region’s best-kept secrets. But it doesn’t have to be. Reach out, talk to us. Business is better with WorkSource in your corner.

All our services are free of charge and language assistance is available upon request. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Karin LaValla at or call at 360.735.4957.

WorkSource Cowlitz/Wahkiakum is located at 305 S Pacific Ave., Kelso, WA. Office hours are Monday through Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) for virtual and in-person services. The center is across the street from the Kelso Theater and next door to the Kelso Police station. Language services are available upon request.

WorkSource is a network of nonprofits, community-based organizations, and local and state agencies working in partnership to provide an array of employment and training services to job seekers and businesses in Washington State. WorkSource is funded through the local workforce development board, Workforce Southwest Washington. For information, visit

Carson Winter is the Communications & Outreach Coordinator at WorkSource. Reach him at or 360.735.4962.

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