Direct to Work – Pathways to Manufacturing

What is Direct to Work?

Direct to Work (DTW) is a full-time (Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm), four-week career readiness program that prepares participants to get jobs at local manufactuerers in Tompkins County. The training includes learning technical skills through an online site called ToolingU-SME and applying those skills using both physical tools and virtual reality technology called Transfr VR. Participants in the program gain industry exposure by taking trips to local manufacturers, team building skills, and direct job placement. 

Minimum Requirements:

Age: Must be 18 years or older

Work Authorization: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.

Educational Background: High School Diploma or GED preferred*.

Skill Proficiency: Ability to read and write. Physically capable of manufacturing work.

Participating Employers

What qualities would make me a good fit for a career in manufacturing?

 1. Express a genuine interest in manufacturing processes, technologies, and innovations.

2. Enjoy solving problems and applying critical thinking skills.

3. Being a team player, as manufacturing often involves collaboration and effective communication with colleagues.

4. Willingness to learn and adapt to new technologies and processes.

5. Stress the importance of delivering high-quality products and a commitment to maintaining industry standards.

6. Convey a sense of pride in contributing to the creation of tangible products and the impact on various industries and communities.

I'm interested! What's next?

Program Schedule

  • Dates: July 29th – August 23rd 
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Location: TC3 Extension Center (118 N Tioga St)


Individuals Interested in Participating: 

contact: Mary Holland – Bavis
607.273.0005 /

Employers Interested in Participating: 

contact: Danielle Szabo
607.273.0005 /
This program is funded in part by the Tompkins Commnuity Recovery Fund.