We prepare Vermont parents for careers in manufacturing

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Working families are key to the success of Vermont’s manufacturers. That’s why we offer no cost training to eligible parents of young children.

The path to finding a good career can be difficult, especially if you have kids. As one student, Orin, recently shared, “Being a young parent makes it really hard to find time — and extra money — to further my education.”

To make it easier for working parents like Orin to access training and find good paying careers in
critical industries, Continuing Education & Workforce Development at Vermont Tech launched the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI). Funded by the US Department of Labor, SWFI is part of a national effort to support working families.

How we support working families

Vermont Tech SWFI offers no cost training in manufacturing and support services to eligible custodial parents and guardians of young children. We help working families get the skills they need to find better paying jobs, including:

  • No cost training in manufacturing. Participants can earn college credits and industry recognized credentials.
  • Support services. We can help with childcare, transportation, and more.
  • Extra class support. We regularly check in with participants.

By reducing barriers to training, Vermont Tech aims to help working families find successful employment, as well as meet the workforce needs of Vermont’s manufacturers.


Career-focused training opportunities

We offer a variety of training options to SWFI participants, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship
  • Certified Production Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship
  • SolidWorks & CNC Machining Certification
  • Welding


Learn more about SWFI

For our latest trainings and program qualifications, please visit vtc.edu/swfi or email swfi@vtc.edu.