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SWWDC and partners receive $8.45 million to train 1,000 long-term unemployed and veterans

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


The Southwest Washington/Portland Metro Area will receive nearly $8.5 million to train 850 long-term unemployed individuals and 150 veterans for jobs in manufacturing and information technology. The grant is part of $169,771,960 in Ready to Work grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to expedite the employment of Americans struggling with long-term unemployment.

The grant proposal, a collaboration between the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), Worksystems, Inc. and the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County is one of only three grants awarded nationally that cover more than one state. A total of 23 grants were awarded. Southwest Washington will receive $1,890,800 to assist a minimum of 240 residents who have experienced long periods of unemployment.

The three-year grant will provide needs and skills assessments, job placement services, coaching, work-based training (on-the-job training, supported work experience, internships), and short-term intensive skills training for individuals in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Participants may also receive financial counseling, child-care support, health care and other supporter services to help them focus on finding a job.

Magenta Theater presents “Haunted: A Night of Magic” with Jay Fredericks Oct. 23 – 25

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


Magenta Theater and Mentalocity Entertainment present “Haunted” starting Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. The theater will come alive with spooky sounds in the darkness, the eerie sense that something is near. Shadows will flit across the room, but no one is there. Maybe it is just your imagination….or maybe you are Haunted.

As Halloween and the Day of the Dead approach, and the walls between this world and the next begin to thin, join the Magenta Theater and Master Mentalist Jay Fredericks along with his magician cohorts on a journey into the dark realm of ghosts, haunts, and spirits.

Guests will enjoy stories of the supernatural, ghosts, magic, and psychic phenomena. The performance runs through Saturday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $15 per person. For further information, visit or find details on a Facebook event page here.

November 4, 2014 general election mail ballots available

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Ballots for the Nov. 4, 2014, General Election are now available at the Clark County Elections Department, 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver. Election Department office hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mail ballots were mailed on Wednesday, Oct. 15 to all eligible registered voters. For this election, all registered voters in Clark County will receive a ballot. If a voter does not receive their mail ballot by Friday, Oct. 25, they should contact the Elections Office by calling 360-397-2345 and request a replacement ballot. Replacement ballots can be requested in person, telephone, and by email at The mailing address is Elections Department, P.O. Box 8815, Vancouver, WA 98666-8815.

Reception with Story Con 2014 authors at Vintage Books Oct. 17

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Join the Story Con 2014 authors at Vintage Books on Friday, Oct. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. for a reception and book signing. Chat with some wonderful local authors and participate in the Northwest’s vibrant literary community. Participating writers include Kate Dyer-Seeley, Ripley Patton, Erik Wecks, Baer Charlton, Ernie Lindsey, and more. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. For the full article on Story Con, click here.