Direct to Work – Pathways to Manufacturing

What is Direct to Work?

Direct to Work (DTW) is a career readiness program that prepares unemployed and under-employed individuals for entry-level positions within the manufacturing industry. DTW orients job seekers to the manufacturing industry, connects individuals to jobs with local employers, helps employees navigate career pathways, and helps employers reduce turnover within targeted positions. 

Get Certified and Start Getting Paid!

  • Earn a national industry recognized credential – Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) certification
  • Practice technical skills in our VR learning lab
  • Visit participating employers and take a tour of their production floors!
  • Program graduates interview with employer(s) of choice
  • Full-time positions available
  • Receive a one-time $500 stipend
  • Starting wages range from $16.75 to $24.00 per hour

Participating businesses: 

Training Dates:

Fall cohort

October 16th – November 10th
Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Start Your Career in Manufacturing!

Apply for Our Next Scheduled Program.
Minimum Requirements
  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Desire a career in manufacturing
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • High school diploma or GED preferred
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Physically capable of manufacturing work

Application Process

  1. Apply online today!
  2. Attend the information session
  3. Complete paperwork


Contact Danielle at 607.273.0005 or send an email (

This program is funded in part by the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund and the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.