Vermont’s workforce education landscape is shaped by a strong web of providers, employers, educational institutions, and policy makers that are constantly expanding and refining educational options for workers and employers.
Recently the State advanced educational opportunities in three high-growth fields: manufacturing, cybersecurity, and construction. Manufacturers are working with the state to create statewide career pathways for high school students to obtain credentials and certifications, paving the way for employment after graduation.
The State recently created a Cybersecurity Operations Center in collaboration with Norwich University. In addition, the Agency of Education is working with career and technical centers (CTEs), Vermont colleges and universities, and companies across several sectors to develop and adopt a cybersecurity career pathway for high school CTE students.
The Agency of Education also recently endorsed a new construction curriculum that is used across the nation in education and training programs by schools, colleges, and employers’ in-house training programs. It culminates in stackable credentials and is being implemented this fall in all regional career technical education (CTE) center construction trades programs as part of a larger state initiative to develop career pathways in construction. The Vermont Talent Pipeline’s Construction Employer Collaborative played a pivotal role in adopting the curriculum and credentials.
The Vermont State Colleges System, whose student body is over 80% Vermonters, works with employers to offer relevant training for workers. Recently the Community College of Vermont received grant funding to continue a successful program with Brattleboro Memorial Hospital that guarantees students in its accelerated medical assistant program a job at the hospital upon completion. Vermont Tech, which recently ranked first in the state for highest earning graduates, has received full initial accreditation for its paramedicine program—the first in the state.
A new player in the workforce training landscape is Burlington Code Academy, the state’s first immersive coding bootcamp. Students in the Academy are adults looking for new skills and new careers in technology. The first cohort recently graduated, and the second cohort just started.
Employers’ unique efforts at providing workforce training continually yield great results. Dealer.com, a Burlington-based national software giant, has paired up with The Generator, a local makerspace, to launch Design Lab: innovative STEM workshops for 7th-12th grade students. GW Plastics, a Bethel- and Royalton-based industry leader in precision tooling, injection molding, and contract manufacturing, recently received two Vermont Training Program grants to support its Manufacturing Technology Leadership Program as well as its popular School of Tech, a program for high school students that exposes them to advanced manufacturing through a semester-long, for-credit course.
To learn about the Vermont Training Program and how it can help you train your employees, contact John Young at the Department of Economic Development at John.Young@vermont.gov.