Support for workforce training

Support for Workforce Training (SWFT)

SWFT provides funding for short-term (1 year or less) training 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.

Interested? Now what? 

  1. Review the available programs and program schedule (click here)
  2. Determine the career area that interest you the most
  3. Sign-up for an information session 
  4. Receive an e-mail from Parkland College with information session details--check your junk and spam folders regularly

Information sessions will:

  • Provide an overview of the programs available
  • Share the steps needed to apply for SWFT funding in each training program
  • Give you a better idea of what to expect in the training program and career opportunities after completion 

Sign-up below to register for an information session of your choice. Advanced registration is required. 

If you are unable to attend the information session or would prefer to attend an on-line session, please contact our office at Please note, limited seating is available for in-person sessions and will follow IDPH guidelines. Social distancing protocols will be complied with and masks will be required during information sessions. 

If helping people is your calling, Parkland can prepare you for a successful career in healthcare from learning what it takes to be a Sterile Processing Technician to a Nursing Assistant (CNA) to a professional Medical Biller and CoderStart the next step, sign up to learn more.

  • Sign up for one of the following information sessions, choose one:

April 20, 1-3 pm (Tuesday), Room U140

April 22, 6-8 pm (Thursday), Room U140

April 24, 10-12 pm (Saturday), Room U140


Ever wonder how products are shipped all over the world? Curious what it takes to join an essential industry as a class A CDL truck driver or skilled forklift operator? Take this opportunity to learn about the different programs and where these careers can take you.

  • Sign up for one of the following information sessions:
  • April 20, 1-3 pm (Tuesday), Room U140

    April 22, 6-8 pm (Thursday), Room U140

    April 24, 10-12 pm (Saturday), Room U140

Business/IT Services

Here is your chance to explore in-demand skills to work in an office setting with the Office Assistant program or to explore the world of technology in Google IT and CompTIA A+. Let us help you find your path with flexible programs that offer online options.

  • Sign up for one of the following information sessions, choose one:
  • April 20, 1-3 pm (Tuesday), Room U140

    April 22, 6-8 pm (Thursday), Room U140

    April 24, 10-12 pm (Saturday), Room U140


If you have an interest in hands-on careers, like to work with your hands, and are not afraid of hard work, sign up to find out more about the General Construction program.

March 16, 9-11 AM, Room U140

March 25, 1-3 PM, Room U140

April 1, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, Room U140

  • If you would prefer to schedule a virtual information session, please email to request one. 


We are happy to answer your questions or provide more information. Since we are working remotely, we are not in the office for walk-ins. Please e-mail us at