Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI)

Being a working parent is hard.  We are putting the training and support services in place to help you get ahead. SWFI is breaking down barriers for working families to succeed in training and employment.

SWFI is a US Department of Labor grant that has been awarded to Vermont Tech.  It provides no-cost training and support services to eligible parents who are seeking a livable wage job with benefits in the manufacturing sector.  

Looking for more stability for your family?

We offer a pathway to full-time work that pays well and provides benefits.  We provide supports to help you and your family succeed, including no-cost training, coaching, and help finding and sometimes paying for child care and transportation.

Do you like making things?

Employers in Vermont make some of the best products: Cheese and ice cream, life-saving medical equipment, and parts that make airplanes fly.  The possibilities are endless.  And they need you!

Looking for a new career?

Manufacturing positions in the state of Vermont offer higher than average wages and benefits, and a chance to move up quickly.  Employers have openings now and will have more openings in the future due to the high retirement rate in manufacturing.  Classes begin as short, flexible, 7 week trainings.

Begin your application here.

Read about Manufacturing in Vermont:

VT Tech's Manufacturing Programs Create Better Workers

VT Manufacturers Provide Onsite English Classes

Where Can I Find More Information?

SWFI@vtc.edu or (802) 879-2348

Programs funded in full through a grant from the U.S.. Department of Labor.  Vermont Tech is an equal opportunity employer.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Meet the SWFI Team.

Julia Goldstein 

Julia is the Student Support Project Manager of Vermont Tech’s Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) program.  Currently she is the focal point for enrolling and advising SWFI participants.   She tells them about the program, answers any questions, and puts them in touch with SWFI partners that can help meet their social service needs. Prior to working on the SWFI grant, Julia was an Employment Counselor at the Howard Center, helping clients who had mental health and substance abuse issues find and maintain a job.  She also worked for the State of Vermont helping the Medicaid population.  Before her work in human services, she had a career in sales.

The favorite part of her job is seeing people find positive pathways that bring them satisfaction, security, and happiness.  She is very excited about SWFI and the students that she gets to help.  She enthusiastically says, “bring ‘em on”.
When Julia is not working, she enjoys singing, learning, and kayaking.  She is a relatively recent newcomer to Vermont having lived in NYC and NJ before that.  She never thought anyone would say they love their commute, but she says she loves her commute in Vermont because everything is so pretty!