Trailblazers – Women in Energy and Construction

Trailblazers – Women in Energy and Construction

When Vermont Works for Women was awarded a WANTO (Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations) grant from the Department of Labor one year ago, we were excited to get back to our roots and train women for jobs in the construction trades. What we didn’t anticipate was how excited Vermont… Read More
Step In to Work: Kristen’s Story

Step In to Work: Kristen’s Story

Kristen* first reached out to Vermont Works for Women in 2013 when she was just 22 years old, a single mother of a 6 year old, recovering from alcohol addiction, with recent criminal justice involvement. At the time, she saw herself as a community college dropout who had very little… 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
New Network for Vermont Tradeswomen

New Network for Vermont Tradeswomen

By Elise Greaves, WANTO Program Coordinator In 2019, Vermont Works for Women launched Vermont’s first-ever networking platform for women and gender non-conforming individuals in the trades. The group, called Vermont Tradeswomen, offers a place for women and gender non-conforming trades professionals (and those who support them) to connect, ask… 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
Helping Women Beyond Bars

Helping Women Beyond Bars

“I’m a little bit of a rule breaker” says the presenter, Ashley, with a laugh. “We’re not!” yells someone and the group, made up entirely of incarcerated women at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), all laugh. Read More