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We’ll help you prepare for a good-paying career in manufacturing.
The Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) offers no-cost training in manufacturing and support services to parents of young children. This program paid for by a U.S. Department of Labor grant.*
Get training and support
SWFI aims to help working families get the skills and support they need to find better paying jobs. As a SWFI participant, you’ll get:
- No cost training in manufacturing. We’ll help you get the skills you need to find a career with good wages.
- Support services. For example, we can help you with childcare, transportation, and more.
- Extra training support. We’ll check in along the way to help you succeed.
Choose a program that works for you
We offer a variety of trainings to SWFI participants. You’ll earn industry recognized credentials, which will set you apart from other job seekers.
Our SWFI training options include:
- Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship
- Certified Production Technician
- CNC Machinist (Online)
- Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship
- SolidWorks & CNC Machining Certification
Find out if you qualify
To join 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 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
Ready to join SWFI? Complete our online application or call us at (802) 879-2348.
*Programs funded in full through 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.
Meet our SWFI Participants
Orin Knapp has learned a lot in his eight years working in manufacturing. But this father of two knew he needed more than just on-the-job experience to advance his career.