How do I apply for SWFT at Parkland College?


Step One: Complete the Pre-screening Eligibility Application by December 8, 2021.

By completing this form SWFT staff will be able to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for the SWFT Program. Fill out the form here.

All those who complete the pre-screening eligibility application by the deadline will be given full consideration for admission to the SWFT program. All applications received after the deadline will be given consideration on a rolling basis according to program and scholarship availability. Watch for an email from swft@parkland.edu with information about next steps in the application process--check your junk and spam folders regularly.

Please note:
Completing the Pre-screening does not guarantee that you will be accepted to the SWFT program. It is important that you answer all questions to the best of your ability, as you will be asked to provide verification of your answers if you are accepted to the SWFT program.


If you need assistance in completing the Pre-Screen Eligibility Application or need access to a computer, please contact the SWFT program at (217) 353-2150 to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors for help.


Step Two: Complete the SWFT Application

After reviewing your Pre-Screening Eligibility Application, SWFT staff will contact you to discuss your options.

If you are not eligible for the SWFT program, SWFT staff will make an appointment to meet with you to assist you in exploring alternatives at Parkland College.

If you are eligible for the SWFT program, we will schedule the remaining steps in the SWFT application process which include:

  • 300-500 word essay;
  • Parkland College application
  • Financial Aid application
  • Interview
  • Any required academic assessments
  • Any additional requirements for your chosen certificate


Step Three: Attend SWFT Orientation for Admitted Students

All admitted students are required to attend a mandatory in-person SWFT Orientation session. Further information about these sessions will be provided to admitted students.