About the Program
TAP | On-site – TAP’s SwiftStart program gives working parents in southwestern Virginia career pathways to secure higher-wage jobs by helping them obtain affordable, high-quality early childcare while attending skills training for careers in health care, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.
Credentials participants will earn vary according to training track but may include:
- Comp-TIA A+
- NIMS certifications
- AWS certifications
- and more
Courses & Requirements
TAP’s SwiftStart program gives more working parents in southwestern Virginia career pathways to secure higher-wage jobs by helping them find and acquire affordable, quality child care while attending skills training programs. Designed to move systems toward a “whole family” model by integrating child-focused and parent-focused two-generation systems, SwiftStart provides education/job training services to low- and middle- skilled parents with child care responsibilities to help them pursue or advance in, middle- to high-skilled, full-time employment.
There is no direct cost for this program, although we may not be able to cover 100% of training or child care costs in every circumstance or for every career track. We will however work with each participant and a range of community partners to reduce overall barriers, including financial barriers, to a level that facilitates full and successful participation in the program.
We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.
As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:
- Library collections and services
- Computer lab with printer/copier
- Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
- Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Free parking with a student parking pass
TAP’s programs are designed to offer career and educational opportunities with low-income people and their families in mind. While programs can vary, the strategies and resources TAP programs collectively offer cover a wide range of needs:
- Classes and workshops to prepare students for tests and certifications (incl. GED)
- Coaches and advisors
- Job placement partnerships with local employers
How to Apply
Parents currently participating in Head Start or Early Head Start should ask their Family Development Specialist for a referral to a SwiftStart Career Mentor.
Parents in the Roanoke Area: Contact Charysse Hairston at email@example.com or call 540-892-7438.
Employers in healthcare, information technology and advanced manufacturing interested in the program for new hires or training of incumbent workers should contact the project director, David Moore, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-553-1454.