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VWW supports Vermont Technical College-Randolph, Northern Vermont University

News | Apr 21, 2020 | Back to List

As Vermont State Colleges considers the closure of Vermont Technical College in Randolph and Northern Vermont University in Johnson and Lyndon, Vermont Works for Women wishes to express our strong support for these invaluable institutions.

VTC and NVU are pillars in the Vermont post-secondary education landscape. As an organization committed to ensuring that girls and women in Vermont have equal access to education and career opportunities, we recognize the extraordinary value these institutions have in our state.

Each of these campuses is situated in rural Vermont, where these colleges bring rich post-secondary education opportunities to students that may not otherwise have access. Additionally, these institutions employ hundreds of Vermonters in our rural communities.

Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus is home to dozens of trades and tech programs in fields that contribute greatly to Vermont’s economy, such as agriculture, aviation, IT, construction, transportation technology, and health careers. These programs offer a direct pathway from our high school career and technical education programs, and prepare students for high-demand jobs where there was a labor shortage prior to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, and where we will need Vermont employees even more to help rebuild after the crisis.

Vermont Works for Women frequently collaborates with VTC to promote gender equity in STEM and trades fields. VTC has a strong track record for breaking down gender norms and barriers that lead to occupational segregation, one of the main contributing factors to the wage gap.

In the last 20 years, VTC in Randolph has been our valued partner for our annual Women Can Do conference, which has introduced thousands of young women and gender non-conforming youth to a wide range of non-traditional career fields and female role models, while offering an expanded sense of possibilities. VTC also engages dozens of girls annually in their coding and STEM summer camps, further demonstrating their commitment to gender equity, and their dedication to providing engaging educational opportunities for youth in our local VT communities.

If you value these organizations and their contributions to Vermont’s higher education and business communities, please show your support by reaching out to Governor Scott, Chancellor Spaulding and your local representatives.

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