Connect 2 Careers Youth Workforce

Connect 2 Careers Youth Workforce2018-11-09T11:03:01+00:00

Designed to improve education and employment outcomes for eligible participants ages 16–24.

About Connect 2 Careers

About Connect 2 Careers

As young people finish their high school education and begin thinking about their future, many realize that they lack the skills employers desire. Without skills, youth remain stuck in low paying jobs with very little hope for advancement. Connect 2 Careers is designed to assist young people from Clark and Cowlitz Counties as they begin employment or complete their secondary or post-secondary education.

Our Career Specialists work closely with youth to develop an individual plan, taking into account the youth’s interests, skills and motivation. Most youth remain in the program for 9 to 18 months, gaining additional education through classes, academic support for secondary or post secondary education or training, and real world work experience. Further, the youth gains exposure to multiple careers, communities, businesses, opportunities for leadership development and gains a greater understanding of his/her skills and abilities.

Emphasis and resources are targeted at providing youth the assistance they need to graduate from high school, earn their GED, and/or move on to college or trade school. Participants can also receive job counseling and training, hands-on work experiences, and gain work readiness skills, which are needed for apprenticeship or jobs in high-demand fields such as health care and STEM fields.

Funding Source

Connect 2 Careers is funded by Workforce Southwest Washington. Their mission is to provide economic development through a trained and productive workforce in Southwest Washington. To that end, WSW creates partnerships between business and educational organizations, supports training programs and creates a system whereby employers can find qualified employees and employees can find careers at which they will excel.

WSW uses financial resources from the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act to fund Connect 2 Careers. This federal program supports the mission of both WSW and Connect 2 Careers, which are equal opportunity employers and providers of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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What Participants Are Saying

“Getting into this program has had the most amazing effect on my life. If I had not found this program I would have nothing! This program helps pick people right up and put them in the right direction.”

Marshall Graham

“ESD 112 has helped me a lot throughout the past year. I was assigned a specialist, who has been patient and very caring towards me. She has assisted me in getting my GED which I never thought was going to be possible. The program has helped me accomplish more than I ever could have on my own.”

Tiarra McLind

“C2C helped me gain my C.N.A. certification and find a job in my career path. They’ve helped with a resume and to become more independent. C2C has also helped me with getting financial aid and getting into college.”

Grace Chiedu

“The special STEM program got me so interested in science. I never knew what kinds of careers were possible!”

Sasha B., Fort Vancouver Student

Courses & Events

Connect 2 Careers Courses & Events

You must register for all activities.

Contact your specialist or call 360-952-3454 to reserve your spot!



Clark County Office

Connect 2 Careers
Stonemill Center
120 NE 136th Ave. Ste. 130
Vancouver, WA 98684 | View Map
T 360.207.2628

Cowlitz County Office

Connect 2 Careers
Educational Service District 112—Youth Services
1217 14th Ave
Longview, WA 98632 | View Map
T  360.355.3119
F 360.906.0089

Contact Connect 2 Careers

Connect 2 Careers Program Staff

Deb Drandoff, M.Ed.



Phone: 360-952-3396


Nancy Parry

Secretary II


Phone: 360-952-3455


Clark County Staff

Matthew Cox


Phone: 360-952-3458


Colleen Vekich


Phone: 360-952-3452


Cowlitz County Staff

Christine Katon


Phone: 360-355-3119


Online Resources

Program Opportunities

Need help with school or college? Looking for training in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint? How about an updated resume’ or to explore career options? Contact one of our Career Specialists now to find out about these and other opportunities.

Find out about current Courses and Events

Interested? Sign up now!

Call your Specialist today or call:
P: 360-952-3454  |  TDD: 360-750-7510

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ESD 112

Our scope of services is wide and varied. It includes but is not limited to curriculum; instructional support and assessment; business operations; transportation; youth employment; printing; public relations; data processing; payroll; fingerprinting; network support; a statewide K-20 computer network; traffic safety education; construction management; preschool programs; homeless transportation; para-educator training; and special education.
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ESD 112January 17, 2019 at 1:50pm
January is Board Recognition Month! We thank our ESD 112 Board of Directors for their service and dedication in supporting our work to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students.

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