Are you a parent? Would you like to find a better job?

19 September 2017

Through the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI), Vermont Tech helps eligible parents gain the skills they need to get good paying jobs in Vermont’s manufacturing sector.

Manufacturing companies in Vermont make some of the best products in the world: cheese and ice cream, life-saving medical equipment, parts that make airplanes fly and more. They offer higher than average wages and good benefits. And they need employees!

If they are eligible, parents can get training, coaching, and other supports — all at no cost to them.

Where is this available?

While SWFI started as a pilot project in Chittenden County and Springfield, they are now actively recruiting participants in all parts of the state.

Who is eligible?

 To be eligible, parents must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Have at least one child living with them (full or part-time) who is:
    • Age 13 or younger OR
    • Older than 13 with a disability or developmental delay
  • Be eligible to work in the US
  • Not be working in manufacturing (they might still be eligible if they are working for a temporary employment agency)

Parent can include a married parent, single parent, separated/divorced parent with partial custody, step parent, foster parent, legal guardian or grandparent with custody.

Where can I learn more?

Call Julia at (802) 879-2348 or go to

This program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Vermont Tech is an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request.