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 in more than 20 career options—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.

Apply Now to take advantage of this opportunity!


SWFT Training Options by Career Category


  • Industrial Welding
  • Highway Construction
  • Machinery Maintenance
  • Industrial Maintenance


  • Phlebotomy Tech
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Sterile Processing Tech
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)


  • Truck Driver (CDL)
  • Basic Forklift
  • Advanced Forklift

Business/IT Services

  • Leadership Training
  • Microsoft Web
  • Google IT
  • Customer Service
  • Office Assistant
  • Computers in Business


Jessie McClusky-Gilbert

SWFT Program Manager

Room X125 | 217/353-2150


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