PIC Programs

PIC helps people break through barriers and lead independent lives.

Partners In Careers (PIC) is a nonprofit organization that strives to create self–sufficiency through specialized job training and employment services. This is accomplished by helping people break through barriers to employment, which often means addressing generational poverty.

PIC serves low-income parents who want to create stability for themselves and their children, refugees and immigrants looking for a new life in the United States, homeless veterans wanting to reintegrate into civilian life, and young people struggling to graduate high school or receive their GED in order to build a better future.

PIC connects job seekers to workforce skills and jobs in partnership with local businesses and community members focused on building a strong, healthy community.

At PIC, we connect community to workforce skills and jobs. We do this in partnership with local businesses and community members all focused on one outcome: a strong, healthy, working community.

Community Jobs

Community Jobs is made possible through a contract with the Washington State Department of Commerce. This WorkFirst program serves parents with dependent children on public assistance. PIC staff work with parents in a four to six-month program to provide job training, job search, work experience and to address challenges such as health and legal issues. Staff work with parents to create a plan for success and an outcome of employment and independence.

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Each year, PIC serves and average of 400 parents and their families gain the skills and assets needed to break the cycle of generational poverty.

This project was supported by Grant No. G-1102WATANF awarded by US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the HSS. Grant funds are administered by the WorkFirst Program, Washington State Department of Commerce

Contact Tasha for more information: Tasha@swwpic.org or (360)696-8417 ext 107.

Immigrant & Refugee Language Skills

Immigrants & Refugees coming to America for a better life benefit as does our community from PIC programs designed to improve immigrant language skills and secure placement in the workforce. Core to this program is the on-site location of Clark College language teachers.

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Participants enter the workforce becoming contributing community members sometimes starting their own business and employing others.

For more information, contact Irina at Irina@swwpic.org or (360)696-8417 ext. 141.

Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program

Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) serves homeless veterans who are seeking housing assistance, employment services and/or training program connection and support. HVRP works with low income homeless veterans to help them lay the framework to secure housing and become self-sufficient. Case management helps participants navigate community resources and to provide support in gaining employment and occupational training. For program questions or referrals contact Donna Oglesby at Donna@swwpic.org (360) 696-8417 or Tonya Wark at tonya@swwpic.org (360) 696-8417 ext 115

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Each month, PIC works with more than 100 veterans seeking employment, training and assistance in moving forward with their lives. Finding housing, connecting to Veteran Administration benefits and securing employment are all key elements of the program that moves veterans to self-sufficiency

Veteran Transition in Place Housing program

Transition in Place (TIP) Housing First model focuses on moving Veterans from temporary housing to permanent housing. The program will provide homeless Veterans in Clark County, Washington with stable housing and client-centered case management support that includes employment focused job training, mentoring, counseling, and other supportive services. The overall strategy is to provide a client-centered "Housing First focused" approach to ensure homeless Veterans receive the wraparound services they need in order to successfully move to and remain in permanent housing. Through the TIP program, staff will help Veterans:

  • 1) Secure affordable housing where the Veteran can assume the lease at the end of the supportive services program;
  • 2) Navigate VA services, specifically for mental health and substance abuse services;
  • 3) Provide resources to support housing stabilization;
  • 4) Address legal issues and criminal background restrictions that may pose a barrier to self-sufficiency.

Please contact Patrick at Patrick@swwpic.orgor (360)696-8417 ext 117 for more information.


YouthFirst is a community response in support of 16-24 year olds, both those that are still in school and those that have dropped out, to help prepare them for post-secondary education, training and/or employment.

YouthFirst is an employment readiness program in partnership with local school districts and community organizations that provides students an opportunity to gain work experience, training and career exploration opportunities. Students receive career matched mentoring, access to career connected learning opportunities, and internships in career fields tied to their interests.

Please contact Andrea Surace at (360)696-8417 ext. 128 or email andreas@swwpic.org to find out how you and your business can be engaged in helping provide opportunities for youth in your career field.

In School Program

YouthFirst helps high school junior and seniors in local high schools graduate from high school and experience a variety of career fields through career connected learning activities and internships. The students will set and work toward personal and professional goals that will move them forward into successful lives in this early community intervention program addressing the cycle of poverty. Students are engaged in company worksite tours, mock interviews, internships both in school and out of school and have access to career and technical education experiences. Please email andreas@swwpic.org to find out how you and your business can be engaged in helping providing opportunities for youth in your career field.


Next helps young adults ages 16-24 obtain skills, education and vocational training to help them get jobs. Next provides 16-24 year olds, who have dropped out of school, with employment and/or post-secondary education services, intensive case management, employment readiness trainings, career exposure and a three-month work experience in a high-growth, high-demand sector such as manufacturing, healthcare, software or IT. Students will have opportunities to interact with local employers through mock interviews, job shadows and group tours. At Next, we help young adults aged 16-24 get set for success by providing the holistic support and training they need to create the future they want—all in one place. We provide a safe space where youth can connect and socialize, get something to eat or access health services, and get the education and career help they need. Clark County youth want to succeed in their careers and their lives. That’s why Next offers a place where they can take charge, walk up to opportunity’s door—and kick it wide open.

For more information about Next, contact Maria Cheeseman: 360.890.7419 or email maria.c@nextsuccess.org.

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Career Academy

Career Academy will provide employment readiness services to low-income to families in Clark County through our community partners. This will be a series of four workshops held each month at various locations in the community.

The program will assist job seekers through the process from determining interests and goal setting with job identification and strength assessments, to the actual process of obtaining and retaining a job. Adults who are low-income, their families, and youth at least 16 years of age will have access without charge to workshops and resources in order to gain the skills and competencies required for employment. Participants will be connected to other mainstream community resources to help stabilize their lives and make their employment sustainable. Families will be encouraged to participate in service projects that foster community engagement and increase their positive connections to the community.

Contact Lynette at (360)696-8417 ext 104 or lynette@swwpic.org or Ryan at (360) 696-8417 Ext 118 or ryan@swwpic.org for more information and locations.

NW Promise

NW Promise is designed to increase diversity in the healthcare industry in the Portland Metro area.

Through NW Promise participants will take part in career exploration, FAFSA workshops, training site visits, training enrollment, academic and study skill classes and ongoing case management through the lifetime of their training program. NW Promise provides support services, tuition assistance, barrier navigation, mentorship and employment placement support for all participants.

For referrals and program information contact Andrew Westlund at Andrew@swwpic.org, (360) 696-8417 ext 112 or Ryan Davis at ryan@swwpic.org, (360) 696-8417 ext. 118

Access to Workforce Training

Staff will provide assistance to job seekers who are new to the WorkSource system and need additional support, as well as returners who have been unsuccessful in securing and maintaining employment. Basic literacy skills will be assessed and training provided to improve skills needed for workforce training and employment. Job seekers will be connected to community resources to help them become more employable and staff will provide support to enroll in and complete workforce training activities.

Please contact Cadie at cadie@swwpic.org, or (360)696-8417 ext. 100.