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Shaping the Future of the Trades

Shaping the Future of the Trades

How employment gaps may bridge the gender gap By Olimpia Piccoli, New England Crane School Marketing Manager This article was initially published in New England Crane School’s 2023 Winter Newsletter. It is no secret the face of our workforce in America is changing.  With supply chain demands and gaps… Read More
Culinary Class Gets Cooking at CRCF

Culinary Class Gets Cooking at CRCF

By Heather Newcomb, Program Manager Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is continuing to run the pilot culinary program at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with our third cohort this winter. A big change we made to our program model for this cohort is to integrate guest chef instructors during the 12-week… Read More
VWW Graduates Tenth Trailblazers Cohort

VWW Graduates Tenth Trailblazers Cohort

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) was back at The MINT for the graduation of our tenth Trailblazers class, training 91 women and gender-expansive folks in the skilled trades since 2019.  Eight awesome women spent the last seven weeks learning construction skills. They gained valuable hands-on experience, building their self-confidence… Read More
A Writer Joins a Weatherization Crew

A Writer Joins a Weatherization Crew

By: Marisa Keller, Trailblazers Graduate This story was originally published by 350vt.org Photo by Marisa Keller Since I showed up to a 350Vermont meeting six years ago and said, “I’m a writer; what can I do?” most of my climate justice work has revolved around words—composing letters to the… Read More
25th Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference

25th Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference

Opening remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen On Saturday, October 1, VWW staff members Paige Ruffner and Missy Mackin presented at the 25th annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC) hosted by Sen. Patrick Leahy at the Vermont Technical College campus of Vermont State University. Each year this… Read More
Increasing Career-Focused Programming at Women’s Prison

Increasing Career-Focused Programming at Women’s Prison

By: Julia Bessy, Program Specialist for Justice-Involved Services Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is bringing back two program offerings for women incarcerated at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility: Enrichment Night and Build Your Skills. State Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale speaking at Enrichment Night in 2017. Enrichment Night invites outside companies… Read More
VWW Graduates First Trailblazers: Green Class

VWW Graduates First Trailblazers: Green Class

By Jillian Scannell, Development and Communications Coordinator Trailblazers practice working with circuits. Vermont Works for Women marked another milestone as we graduated our first cohort of Trailblazers: Green – our training program that covers core renewable energy, construction, and solar installation skills. In seven weeks through a combination of… Read More
Over 250 Vermont Students Explore Careers at Women Can Do 2022

Over 250 Vermont Students Explore Careers at Women Can Do 2022

By Elaine Ezerins, Communications and Marketing Manager The excitement was palpable as buses began to pull up to Vermont Technical College’s campus in Randolph, VT in the early hours of Thursday, October 6. High school girls and gender-expansive youth were arriving from all over the state – representing 12 of… Read More
On Women’s Equality Day, Vermonters Get Ready to Vote on Article 22

On Women’s Equality Day, Vermonters Get Ready to Vote on Article 22

Op-ed by Rhoni Basden, Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women and Cary Brown, Executive Director of Vermont Commission on Women On August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment to the US constitution was certified, and women’s right to vote was finally recognized. We celebrate this as Women’s Equality Day, and… Read More