About SWFT

Welcome to the Support for Workforce Training Program!

Parkland College is pleased to partner with the Illinois Community College Board for the Workforce Equity Initiative to provide the Support for Workforce Training Program (SWFT) Take a few moments to explore how SWFT can help you to obtain short-term (1 year or less) training in the career pathways of Healthcare; Transportation/Distribution; Construction/Manufacturing; and Business/IT Services leading to jobs for in-demand fields with life-supporting wages. Please review the information below to find how you can apply to participate in SWFT.

Now Offering SWFT Scholarships for Health Profession Students

The Support for Workforce Training (SWFT) + Healthcare Scholarship program provides financial and academic support to qualifying individuals in nursing and select healthcare pathways. Scholarship recipients may receive financial assistance for tuition, fees, supplies and books; attendance and completion stipends; transportation assistance; and childcare assistance. Recipients may be asked to participate in additional job skills preparation and academic support as part of the scholarship requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Support for Workforce Training?

SWFT is a short-term workforce training program at Parkland College providing wrap-around academic and career services. Eligible participants complete a competitive application process. In addition to attending classes, students must commit to completing the required coursework and eligibility requirements of all SWFT students.

SWFT provides funding and supports for short-term (1 year or less) training that leads to employment opportunities for in-demand fields with life-supporting wages. SWFT offers a limited number of scholarships to specific certificate programs. Learn about our current certificate offerings by clicking here. These certificates provide practical training and rich experiences that will prepare you for immediate employment upon completion. Certificate offerings can also lead to continued education for growth in several career pathways should you choose to continue your education at Parkland College or elsewhere.

Who is eligible for SWFT?

SWFT is a competitive scholarship program at Parkland College with eligibility requirements. Applicants must:

  • Reside in the Parkland service area
  • Be 18 and over
  • Be a Parkland student in good standing
  • Be ready to attend classes and complete all SWFT requirements
  • Complete any required certification exams
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Commit to finding employment upon completion of your program
  • A high school credential is not required to be a part of the program.

While each application is given individual consideration on a first-come, first-served basis, eligibility preference is given to those who meet at least three of the following criteria:

  • 18 and over
  • Black/African American
  • Female
  • High Poverty Census Tract Address in Parkland service area
  • Low-wage Workers (Under $19 per hour)
  • Unemployed/Underemployed
  • High Financial Need
  • Formerly Incarcerated
  • No HS diploma or GED

See the SWFT Eligibility page for more information and details on program-specific eligibility. 

What support does SWFT provide?

SWFT is a competitive scholarship and student support program at Parkland College with eligibility requirements. Those accepted to the SWFT program may receive:

  • Tuition and fee waivers
  • Stipends
  • Books and supplies
  • Pro-active academic advising
  • Career Services including job search assistance
  • Employability skills training

Still have questions about SWFT? Email swft@parkland.edu or fill out our Request Information form!