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In 2020, Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) provided no-cost training and support to hundreds of Vermonters.
Though we’ve long prided ourselves on offering accessible, career-focused trainings, we felt especially privileged to support Vermont’s workforce needs during this trying year. Read on to learn about the impacts of two of our no-cost training programs: the Vermont State Colleges System Workforce Initiative and the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI).
The Vermont State Colleges System’s Workforce Initiative
The VSCS Workforce Initiative provided no-cost workforce training and support to Vermonters who had been laid off, furloughed, had hours cut, or were employed in an industry that had been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program was funded by the Vermont State Legislature’s CARES Act.
Here’s a breakdown of how Vermont Tech CEWD supported Vermonters through this initiative:
- Training inquiries received: 302
- Participants served: 223
- Trainings provided: 271 (102 of which were industry recognized credentials leading to certification)
- Areas served: 13 Vermont counties
- Laptops purchased and delivered: 47
- Welding equipment provided: for 10 students
We also provided wraparound services to our participants, including childcare, medical care, housing, food, books, and transportation.