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Rosie’s Girls Project Kits

Rosie’s Girls Project Kits

By Nell Carpenter, Youth Program Manager Every week of Rosie’s Girls summer camps we pack up our tools, PPE, art supplies and hardware into a truck and bring it to our host Tech Center for that week. This is a pretty well-known experience amongst those involved with Rosie’s Girls and… Read More
COVID-19 VT: Community Resources

COVID-19 VT: Community Resources

VWW has compiled a list of resources available for residents in Vermont during COVID-19, such as child care, food, unemployment assistance and more. We will continue to update this list as more resources are identified. Read More
Rosie’s Girls Alumni Highlight: Alissa Kenwood

Rosie’s Girls Alumni Highlight: Alissa Kenwood

“Watch me break the rules!” Alissa exclaims as she lists her many skills and interests, including welding and martial arts. Alissa Kenwood The ‘rules’ she’s referring to are the rules that society defines for women and girls about what they can and can’t do, and Alissa has… Read More
Introducing VWW’s new Executive Director, Rhoni Basden

Introducing VWW’s new Executive Director, Rhoni Basden

Hello!I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to follow in Jen’s footsteps and serve as the new Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women. From the moment I learned of VWW, I was ignited by the ambitious mission, successful programs, and the leading role VWW plays… Read More
Best & Anti Self: Building Skills at CRCF

Best & Anti Self: Building Skills at CRCF

Every Friday, Heather Newcomb, Work Readiness Program Manager at VWW, leads skill-building classes for women who are incarcerated at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). Last week, participants learned about Mike Bayer’s #BestSelfChallenge, a fun and easy exercise in which you define your Best Self (all of the positive attributes and qualities that make up the core of who you are; i.e.- compassionate, brave, loyal, loving, creative) and your Anti Self (your inner critic, that provokes you and that gets in the way of your Best Self by focusing on negative qualities; i.e.- fearful, doubtful, anxious, angry), in a side-by-side drawing. Read More
Trailblazer: Danielle Bombardier’s Journey

Trailblazer: Danielle Bombardier’s Journey

In our eyes, Danielle Bombardier has accomplished the VWW vision: she made a fearless commitment to pursuing her dreams to become an electrician, despite being a field where women are under-represented. When we first interviewed Danielle in 2016 she was on the verge of completing a five-year-long apprenticeship to become an electrician. Three years later, the former participant is now a driving force behind... Read More
VERMONT WORKS FOR WOMEN LAUNCHES NEW TRAINING FOR WOMEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION TRADES

VERMONT WORKS FOR WOMEN LAUNCHES NEW TRAINING FOR WOMEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION TRADES

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is actively recruiting participants for its Trailblazers: Women in the Construction Trades program, designed to prepare women for jobs and apprenticeships in high-demand, high-paying sectors, including construction, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and others. Along with technical skills, the program exposes participants to the range of employers and jobs available with these skills, as well as provides mentoring and networking opportunities with women working in these sectors. Read More
VWW RECEIVES $350,000 GRANT FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WOMEN’S BUREAU

VWW RECEIVES $350,000 GRANT FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WOMEN’S BUREAU

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) has been awarded $350,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau to expand women’s access to training, apprenticeships, and jobs in the electrical, plumbing, and construction fields. “There are great jobs for women in the trades that don’t require a college degree and can provide life-long financial stability,” says Jen Oldham, Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women. Read More