Support For Workforce Training (SWFT)

FREE short-term training for high-skilled, high-wage jobs.

Struggling to earn a living that supports your family or yourself? Make it SWFT!

SWFT* provides short-term (1 year or less) training —tuition-free—that leads you to employment in in-demand fields with life-supporting wages. Besides tuition and fee waivers to take your classes, you may also receive assistance in the form of a stipend. A high school credential is not required to be a part of the program.

Enter your information at the end of the page so we may contact you about upcoming information sessions.  NOTE: Information sessions are not currently schedule, you will be notified once dates are made available.  

Training Options: 

  • Truck Driver (CDL)-Classes start every month!
    Prepare for a position in the high-demand trucking industry. Designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience. Many of our graduates are employed upon completion of their CDL with reputable companies such as Werner, SWIFT, and TransAM. 
  • Advanced Forklift-August 24-27
    Learn the necessary information to become a skilled, in-demand powered industrial truck (forklift) operator. In four days, gain valuable knowledge and critical hands-on experience that reflect real-life workplace scenarios in various environments. Local employers make site visits throughout the program. Opportunities to create connections and learn about local employment are guaranteed.


Jessie McClusky-Gilbert

SWFT Program Manager

217/353-2150

swft@parkland.edu

parkland.edu/swft

*A 2019 Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) grant program

 

 

NEW! English Language and College CAreer REadiness 

Classes begin May 11 and July 6!

Classes will help students prepare for Career and Technical certificate classes, pass college entrance exams, high school equivalency exams (HSE, HiSet, or GED), or acquire career-specific English language fluency (ESL). Questions or to register for classes, contact Parkland College Adult Education and Workforce Development at AdultEducation@parkland.edu.

English Communications bridge classes for intermediate and advanced English-language-learners

Nursing Assistant
Information Session Friday, Feb 28, 9-10 AM, sign up here.
Class schedule: MTWR 8:30 AM-12 PM

Industrial Technology (Welding, Electrical, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Engineering)
Information Session Tuesday, March 3, 6-7 PM, sign up here.
Class schedule: TWR 6-9 PM

Beginning Computers
Information Session Tuesday, Feb 25, 6-7 PM, sign up here.
Class schedule: MTR 7-9 PM

College and Career Readiness (CCR) classes for native English speakers (and fluent non-native)
Health Careers
Information Session Tuesday, Feb 26, 6-7 PM, sign up here.
Class schedule: MTW 5:30-8:30 PM

Industrial Technology (Welding, Electrical, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Engineering)
Information Session Tuesday, Mar 3, 6-7 PM, sign up here.
Class schedule: TR 6-9 PM

Business, Management, and Administration
Information Session Wednesday, Mar 4, 9-10 AM, sign up here.
Class schedule: MTWR 9 AM-12 PM

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