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About us

An award-winning training program

Job training for the Gallup area

The Greater Gallup Industrial Workforce Program (IWP) was begun under the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation and is now run by the Southwest Indian Foundation.

The program exists to benefit the McKinley County economy by providing qualified employees to industrial employers, and to give local under-skilled works opportunities in the trades.

What we do

Serve the Navajo Nation

SWIF provides nationally recognized NCCER and OSHA hands-on and classroom construction training to the IWP program participants while building homes for low-income members of Navajo Nation.

IWP is also rolling out a brand new automotive program to help students earn entry-level positions in the automotive service industry.

Plan for the Future

In 2023, SWIF was awarded significant funding from the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law. The funding will allow SWIF to offer more classes and to expand its services to include training high school juniors and seniors in the trades. The plan is for high school students to receive stackable certifications in the trades together with their diplomas. Many students will be prepared for good-paying local jobs when they graduate.

Achieve Excellence

In 2023, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded IWP a 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Bronze level award in the category of “Best Use of Federal Economic Development Resources.”

industrial workforce program

Training programs
for valuable careers
in the Gallup area