Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI)

The Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI)* provides no-cost training and support services to eligible parents seeking a career with benefits in the manufacturing sector.  

What's SWFI?

A US Department of Labor grant, SWFI aims to help working families get the skills and support they need to find better paying jobs. SWFI participants receive:

  • No cost training in manufacturing. We'll help you get the skills you need to find a career with good wages.
  • Support services while in enrolled in classes. We can help you with childcare, transportation, and more.
  • Extra class support. We'll check in along the way to help you succeed.

Which trainings can a SWFI student take?

We offer a variety of trainings to help SWFI participants earn industry recognized credentials in manufacturing

Our SWFI-eligible offerings include:

  • Certified Production Technician
  • Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship
  • Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship
  • SolidWorks & CNC Machining
  • Welding

Scroll down to find our current SWFI offerings.

Am I eligible for SWFI?

To be eligible for SWFI, you must be a custodial parent who:

  • Is 17 years of age or older
  • Has at least one  child under the age of 14, or at least one child with a disability or developmental delay who is older than 13
  • Is eligible to work in the US

A custodial parent is:

  • A married parent
  • A single parent with full or partial custody
  • An actively parenting stepparent
  • A divorced parent with full or partial custody
  • A foster parent 
  • A legal guardian with custody 
  • A grandparent with custody

How do I apply?

Complete our online form or call us at 802-879-2348. 

Offerings

Certified Production Technician - Online

Course Type

Online

Dates

Jun 9-Aug 17|Jun 9-Aug 17

In partnership with Community College of Vermont, we offer a flex online Certified Production Technician program for Strengthening Working Family (SWFI) participants. By completing two courses, students can earn four industry recognized credentials:

  • Principles of Manufacturing: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Technology: Manufacturing Processes & Production, Maintenance Awareness

Please email swfi@vtc.edu or call 802-879-2348 for registration information. 

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Instances: 
Principles of Manufacturing

This online flex course provides students with an introduction to manufacturing, including facilitating safe work practices in industrial environments and controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. The course also covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will examine Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policy. Upon completion, students will have the opportunity to earn the Safety Certification and the Quality Practices and Measurement Certification through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Start dates for this self-paced class are as follows:

  • May 26
  • June 9
  • June 23
  • July 7

This class ends August 17 for all students.

Please email swfi@vtc.edu or call 802-879-2348 for registration information.

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
June 9, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Self-paced
Manufacturing Technology

This online flex course introduces students to the manufacturing processes through an exploration of the basics of production. Students will explore the types of machining, manufacturing planning, production control, and product distribution and will learn the product life cycle from conception through distribution. Upon completion, students will have the opportunity to earn the Manufacturing Processes and Production Certification, and the Maintenance Awareness Certification through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Prerequisite: successful completion of Principles of Manufacturing or at least one year of manufacturing experience required.

Start dates for this self-paced class are as follows:

  • May 26
  • June 9
  • June 23
  • July 7

This class ends August 17 for all students.

Please email swfi@vtc.edu or call 802-879-2348 for registration information.

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
June 9, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Self-paced

Online CNC Machinist

Course Type

Online

Dates

Open Enrollment

Computers control much of the world today. The manufacturing industry is no exception, and you can make yourself an indispensable part of the future of manufacturing by training to become a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist. This online CNC Machinist training will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your career quickly.

 

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Instances: 
Online CNC Machinist

Computers control much of the world today. The manufacturing industry is no exception, and you can make yourself an indispensable part of the future of manufacturing by training to become a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist. This online CNC Machinist training will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your career quickly.

The training provides an intensive overview of skills necessary to perform CNC machining, including workholding, math, inspection, safety, metal cutting, materials, quality, and grinding.

Note:

  • This is a self-paced, open enrollment online training. Once enrolled, you have one year to complete it. 
  • This is not an instructor-facilitated course. But you can receive support via email, online forums, and telephone.

 

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
Open Enrollment
Duration: 
Self-paced

Welding

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Oct 8-Oct 8|Jul 6-Jul 17
View Courses (3)
Instances: 
Introduction to Welding Processes

This six week session is an introduction to a variety of welding processes commonly used today. This training is structured to provide a demonstration of the equipment and fundamentals of each process in combination with a description and discussion of the process limitations and typical applications. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of these processes through hands-on application of the techniques used in the following: thermal cutting (OFC and plasma); shielded metal arc welding (6011 and 7018); gas metal arc welding (ER70S); and gas tungsten arc welding (steel/stainless/aluminum). The structure and duration of this experience is a basic introduction and therefore it is not designed to build proficiency in any area.

Students are expected to wear leather shoes or boots, a long sleeve shirt, and safety glasses.

Location: 
Stafford Welding School (Rutland)
Start Date: 
October 8, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30PM-8:30PM
Welding AWS Certification

This training is basic (wire feed) gas metal arc welding and can be adjusted to the students ability. This training is the most basic in wire feed gas metal arc welding. Vermont has businesses hiring all techniques from manufacturing, steel erection to the HVAC and pipe welding unions and contractors.The exam will be given on the last day of the training. All personal protective equipment will be provided except for MANDATORY leather boots and long-sleeved, natural-fiber clothing (cotton, wool, or leather).  The American Welding Society announced 372,000 open welding jobs nationwide in the early part of 2017. That number is expected to reach 450,000 by 2025.

Class meets Monday-Friday, July 6-17.

Location: 
Advanced Welding Institute (South Burlington)
Start Date: 
July 6, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Monday-Friday 4:30 PM-8:30 PM