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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
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
Fall Trailblazers class graduates in Rutland

Fall Trailblazers class graduates in Rutland

By Missy Mackin, Program Manager Vermont Works for Women (VWW) recently reached another milestone on November 19th when eleven women from Vermont, New York, Kentucky, and New Jersey graduated from the first Trailblazers session in Rutland. As part of our strategic goals to expand throughout Vermont, we were excited… Read More
Vermont Works for Women hosts weekly virtual workforce discussion panels

Vermont Works for Women hosts weekly virtual workforce discussion panels

10/16/2020 update: The panels are now held bi-weekly on Mondays from 1-2 pm, with the next on Monday, October 19, and the following on Monday, November 2. Please contact Program Manager Missy Mackin mmackin@vtworksforwomen.org to participate. 7/2/2020 update: Throughout June, VWW virtual discussion panels have tracked the changing landscape of… Read More
Chittenden Regional Correctional Center (CRCF): Realities of Re-Entry

Chittenden Regional Correctional Center (CRCF): Realities of Re-Entry

Vermont Works for Women is co-facilitating a new group at Chittenden Regional Correctional Center (CRCF) called Realities of Re-Entry. This group was developed through a new initiative by Superintendent Theresa Stone to improve the re-entry planning by inmates about to be released, and to support the work of case managers. Read More
Enrichment Night at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

Enrichment Night at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

Enrichment Night is a monthly event Vermont Works for Women hosts at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). The event allows participants to hear from a professional about their work, to learn about barriers and challenges presenters faced along their path, and to consider any tools or strategies that helped… Read More
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