CURRENT SWFT training options

Discover more about the exciting career training programs available for SWFT funding. Specific course times will vary depending on the section you enroll into. If you have specific questions about a particular program, call the office listed on the program information website, or call SWFT at 217/353-2150. Also, be sure to fill out our pre-screening application to be considered for a SWFT scholarship! 

Advanced Forklift

Start/End Date: 8/12/22 - 8/18/22

Description: 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. Equipment used in training includes a standard forklift, order picker (stand up), and electric walkie pallet jack. Local employers make site visits throughout the program. Opportunities to create connections and learn about local employment are guaranteed.

Prerequisites: Be able to read, write, speak, and comprehend English. 

 

Truck Driver Training (CDL)

Start Dates*: 

6/6

7/11

8/8

9/12

10/3

11/7

  

*Listed start dates are not guaranteed and are granted on a rolling basis.

Length: 4 weeks, 40 hours per week

Description: This CDL training prepares you for a position in the trucking industry. This program is designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience. Includes 40 hours of classroom training and 120 hours of hands-on learning with behind the wheel training.

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What to Expect on the Job: Truck Drivers / Public Transit

 

IT Prep 

Start/End Date: 8/22/22 - 12/16/22 

Total Credits: 6-14 credit hours

Description: This course of study will include the Google IT Support Professional class in Fall 2022, with the potential to continue on to take CompTIA A+, and CSC 133 - PC Hardware and OS Maintenance in Spring 2023 (contingent on contunued funding for the SWFT grant and course offerings). These courses will prepare you to gain two nationally recognized IT support certificates to prepare students for entry-level IT support jobs. Topics covered include: troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security. This program is a pathway to additional Information Technology Career training at Parkland College.

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Emergency Medical Services (EMT)

Start/End Date: 8/22/22 - 12/16/22 

Total Credits: 5 credit hours

Description: In this one semester, five credit hour certificate program, students learn the role and responsibilities of an emergency medical technician as well as gain skills in patient interaction, diagnosis, and emergency medical treatment. Upon successful completion, the student is eligible to take the Illinois EMT-B Certification Examination.

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Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Start/End Date: 8/22/22 - 12/16/22 

Total Credits: 6 credit hours

Description: This one semester, six credit hour certificate program, approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, provides students practice and information on patient care, personal and supportive care, the healthcare working environment, healthcare systems, as well as basic anatomy and nutrition. You may work in long-term care facilities, adult day care centers, home care agencies, medical and mental health centers, or hospitals. You will need to provide official fingerprints and a background check for this program.

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Sterile Processing Technician

Start Date: 8/22/22 - 12/16/22 

Total Credits: 4 credit hours

Description: This one semester, four credit hour certificate program prepares students for careers as members of a hospital's central service team. Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for decontaminating, disassembling, cleaning, reassembling, packaging, and sterilizing instrumentation used on surgical cases as well as in the nursing units.

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Practial Nursing (LPN) - Final Semester

Start Date: 8/22/22 - 12/16/22 

Total Credits: Varies

Description: This SWFT opportunity is only for students already in the LPN program who are about to begin their final semester before completing their certificate. This Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation approved program prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, clinics, and hospitals. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination for Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).

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