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. 

*SWFI is part of a national study to measure if offering students extra supports, together with skills training, helps them to complete training and find employment. Support services and space in specific training are limited. Eligible applicants will be chosen by a computerized selection process.

Programs funded in full though a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Vermont State Colleges and its member institutions do not discriminate in admissions or employment decisions or in programs and activities on the basis of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, positive HIV-related blood test results, or any other status protected by state or federal law. Our entire non-discrimination statement can be found here.

Offerings

Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Aug 29-Dec 12

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

Certified Production Technician

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Oct 17-Dec 16

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).

Location: 
CCV (Bennington, VT)
Start Date: 
October 17, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Mondays & Thursdays 06:00PM-8:45PM

Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Aug 28-Sep 25

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

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)

*Can be taken as a stand-alone course.

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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

Students must complete Design Communications 1 (SolidWorks) prior to enrolling in this training. 

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 14-Oct 25|Sep 16-Oct 22|Nov 4-Dec 9|Jan 6-Feb 10|Mar 2-Mar 31
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Instances: 
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: 
October 14, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Monday-Friday 4:00PM-8PM
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: 
September 16, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30PM-8:30PM
Shielded Metal Arc Welding Level I
Location: 
Stafford Welding School (Rutland)
Start Date: 
November 4, 2019 12:00 am
Duration: 
Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30PM-8:30PM
Shielded Metal Arc Welding Level II
Location: 
Stafford Welding School (Rutland)
Start Date: 
January 6, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30PM-8:30PM
Practicum in Advanced Welding Processes
Location: 
Stafford Welding School (Rutland)
Start Date: 
March 2, 2020 12:00 am
Duration: 
Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30PM-8:30PM