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.
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
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.