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 one or more children 13 years old or younger, or at least one child with a disability or developmental delay that 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

Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Aug 29-Dec 12|Jan 9-Mar 13

Get the skills you need to succeed in advanced manufacturing, while earning college credit. You can enroll in this hands-on apprenticeship program without an employer sponsor.

The program consisthree levels:

  • Level One: Manufacturing Processes
  • Level Two: Design Communications I; Metrology & Inspection
  • Level Three: Computer Aided Technology; Principles of Mathematics (optional)
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Instances: 
Metrology & Inspection

This course provides the student with the fundamental concepts of modern dimensional metrology and related inspection techniques. Topics covered include the language and system of measurement; tolerances; metrology; statistics of metrology; measurement with graduated scales and scaled instruments; Vernier instruments; micrometer instruments; the development and use of gage blocks; measurement by comparison and high-amplitude comparators; pneumatic measurement; and calibration.

2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week

Location: 
Vermont Tech (Williston Campus)
Start Date: 
August 29, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Thursdays 4:30PM-7:30PM
Computer Aided Technology

In this course, the student learns G-code programming of machine tools and learns to use computer-aided manufacturing software to generate toolpaths, which are then translated into G-code programs. CNC machine tool set-up and operation are key components and CAD software is used extensively. Other technologies, such as waterjet, laser cutter, and additive manufacturing, may be covered.

Location: 
Vermont Tech (Williston Campus)
Start Date: 
January 9, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Thursdays 4:30PM-7:30PM

Certified Production Technician

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Jan 21-May 4|Feb 4-May 4|Feb 18-May 4|Mar 3-May 4|Mar 17-May 5|Jan 21-Apr 28|Jan 27-May 4

In partnership with Community College of Vermont, we offer a Certified Production Technician program for 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 contact swfi@vtc.edu or call 802-879-2348 for registration information. 

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Instances: 
Principles of Manufacturing

This 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).

 

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

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
January 21, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Self-paced
Principles of Manufacturing

This 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).

 

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

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
February 4, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Self-paced
Principles of Manufacturing

This 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).

 

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

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
February 18, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Self-paced
Principles of Manufacturing

This 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).

 

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

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
March 3, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Self-paced
Principles of Manufacturing

This 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).

 

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

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
March 17, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Self-paced
Principles of Manufacturing

This 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).

 

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

Location: 
CCV (Rutland, VT)
Start Date: 
January 21, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Tuesdays 06:00PM-8:45PM
Manufacturing Technology

This 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. The course focuses on the technologies used in production processes, including basic power systems, energy transfer systems, machine operation, and control. 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.

Location: 
CCV (Rutland, VT)
Start Date: 
January 27, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Mondays 06:00PM-8:45PM

Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Aug 28-Sep 25|Oct 2-Feb 12

Get the skills you need to succeed in the field of industrial maintenance, while earning college credit. You can enroll in this hands-on program without an employer sponsor.

The program inlcludes f three levels:

  • Level One: Introduction to Engineering; Electrical Circuit I
  • Level Two: Electrical Circuits II
  • Level Three: Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers, Principles of Mathematics (optional)
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Instances: 
Introduction to Engineering

This course facilitates a successful transition to college and introduces engineering tools and strategies. It focuses on orientation, success strategies, and professional development. Topics include student rights and responsibilities; grading and graduation requirements; campus resources; time management; note taking; career opportunities; and program-specific topics. The course provides hands-on experience using technical software and creating technical documentation using software programs including Word, Excel, LabVIEW, and MultiSim. Topics include terminology, layout, chart creation, effective chart usage, and integrating text and graphics.

Location: 
Vermont Tech (Williston Campus)
Start Date: 
August 28, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Wednesdays 5:00PM-8:00PM
Electrical Circuits I

This course is an introductory study of DC and AC electrical circuits that includes electrical charge, current, voltage, resistance, energy, power, capacitance, inductance, and the transient behavior of RC and RL circuits. It develops the concepts of frequency, period, phase, and magnitude of sine waves for AC and examines the electrical circuit parameters as phasors and complex numbers expressed in polar and rectangular form. Major AC topics include reactance, impedance, power, and resonance. Electric circuit theory includes Ohm’s law; Kirchhoff’s laws; series and parallel circuits; and electrical sources. It also introduces voltage and current dividers and Thevenin’s theorem. Lab exercises develop the use of basic measurement equipment, such as the ammeter, voltmeter, and oscilloscope.

Location: 
Vermont Tech (Williston Campus)
Start Date: 
October 2, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Wednesdays 5:00PM-8:00PM

SolidWorks & CNC Certification

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Aug 5-Nov 8|Nov 14-Feb 27|Mar 12-Jun 11

Earn your SolidWorks & CNC Maching Certification by completing three trainings:

  • Design Communications 1 (SolidWorks)
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Computer Aided Technology (CNC)

Take as stand-alone courses or complete all three.

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Instances: 
Design Communications 1 (SolidWorks)

This course provides a basic understanding of the principles and technology of mechanical drawing and computer modeling as methods of documenting and communicating mechanical designs. The concepts of geometric construction, and isometric (pictorial), orthographic, sectional, auxiliary, and assembly views are covered. Dimensioning methods and types of fasteners are introduced. The student gains basic proficiency in using a solid parametric three-dimensional computer-aided design (SolidWorks) program to build parts, assemblies, and detailed working drawings. Blueprint reading skills and techniques are also reinforced as well as an introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). The Engineering Design Process is used as a scaffolding for solving simple and complex design challenges that focus on three-dimensional modeling as well as sketching and other graphic communication techniques. The Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) certification test is offered to all completers of this course at no extra charge. The exam is taken online in two, 90-minute sessions. Both sections of the exam must be passed in order to earn the CSWA industry recognized credential (IRC).

Design Communications can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of our SolidWorks & CNC Maching Certification. Students must complete this course prior to enrolling in Manufacturing Processes.

Location: 
River Valley Technical Center (Springfield, VT)
Start Date: 
August 5, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Mondays & Thursdays 04:30PM-7:30PM
Manufacturing Processes

This hands-on course will introduce students to a wide variety of manufacturing processes. Although heavily focused on traditional machine tools (lathes, mills, grinders, etc.) this course will also explore the processes of casting, welding, molding, and industrial cutting (plasma, water-jet, and laser). Students will work independently and in small groups to produce NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) certification “practice parts” using today’s manufacturing standards. Safety and skilled operation will be the focal point of this class.


The following NIMS Credentials are available at the conclusion of this course:


• Duty Title: 1.1 Job Process Planning
• Duty Title: 2.4 Turning Operations: Chucking
• Duty Title: 2.5 & 2.6 - Vertical Milling Operations

 

Location: 
River Valley Technical Center (Springfield, VT)
Start Date: 
November 14, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Thursdays 4:30PM.-8:30PM
Computer Aided Technology (CNC)

This course will provide introductory level training in the use of G-Code programming and operation of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Turning and Milling Centers. Students will learn to apply the concepts of subtractive manufacturing to both CNC mills and lathes.  Students will gain experience in machine set-up and operation as well as learn coding principles to produce actual parts. Upon completion, students will have the opportunity to earn Level One National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machine Operator Certification. Prior experience in manufacturing is recommended.

 

Students must complete Manufacturing Processes prior to enrolling in this course.

Location: 
River Valley Technical Center (Springfield, VT)
Start Date: 
March 12, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Thursdays 4:30PM.-8:30PM

Welding

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Oct 8-Oct 8|Jan 20-Jan 31
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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.

Location: 
Advanced Welding Institute (South Burlington)
Start Date: 
January 20, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Monday-Friday 4:00PM-8PM