July Advance Vermont Newsletter

July 2021

Free Money: Millions in New Student Aid

Vermonters seeking education and training after high school have much to celebrate.

In recognition of the urgent need to support Vermont’s young adults and workers as they seek to advance their skills and careers, the legislature took bold action. Legislation passed this year and signed by Governor Scott invests roughly $20 million of state and federal dollars in free tuition and scholarships for Vermont students. While most of these programs are not permanent, this historic investment arguably makes education and training this year more affordable than ever for Vermonters.

The highlights:

The Green Mountain Grad Program

  • 802 Opportunity Grant
  • Welcome Home Scholarship
  • Degree Completion Scholarships
  • Primary Care and Nursing Scholarships
  • Increased funding for Advancement Grants
  • Free tuition for certain certificate and degree programs

Advance Vermont has created a new resource on MyFutureVT that pulls together the details about many of these programs. It will be updated as more information is released. Please share the page far and wide and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
Visit the New Resource

Now Hiring!

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Advance Vermont is looking to grow its impact across the state and is expanding the team. We are hiring for two positions:

Data and Research Manager: The position will take the lead on all things numbers, from tracking indicators of postsecondary attainment via Advance Vermont’s data dashboard, to informing the organization’s policy agenda, to creating the state’s first comprehensive database of post-high school education and training programs. The ideal candidate will enjoy manipulating large spreadsheets and data sets, have excellent research and analytical skills, and the ability to make complex information understandable and accessible to the public.

Outreach and Policy Manager: The role will create new organizational partnerships, lead outreach efforts to drive awareness and use of MyFutureVT, and develop and implement advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator with a passion for building partnerships to drive systems level change, possess a background in workforce and education policy, and enjoy thinking outside the box to find solutions to complex challenges.

The positions come with competitive pay and excellent benefits, including health, dental, retirement, and paid time off.

Learn More & Apply

ICYMI: MyFutureVT is Live!

MyFutureVT is the state’s only comprehensive online hub to provide Vermonters with the information they need to make informed and empowered decisions about their career and education pathways. The site, which is geared toward career and educations seekers and the “navigators” who support them, shows Vermonters that they can find a path that fits their life and career goals. It includes:

3 Interactive Databases

  1. The high-demand, high-pay jobs in Vermont
  2. The education and training programs to prepare for Vermont’s high-demand, high-pay jobs
  3. Education and career support services in Vermont

Career Exploration and Preparation

  1. Free and fun quizzes to learn more about what type of jobs align with the user’s interests and strengths
  2. Different ways to test out a job or career, like job shadows and informational interviews
  3. Tips for how to confidently and successfully apply for new jobs, including help with resumes and cover letters

Education and Training Information

  1. Information about different types of education and training programs available in Vermont at every stage of life
  2. Explanations of the different types of credentials and how they can work for your career
  3. Resources and creative ways to reduce the cost of post-high school education and training programs

Career and Education Resources

  1. Connections to free in-person career and education counseling services
  2. Resources to help high school students make empowered choices about their future
  3. Resources to help adults make informed decisions about their next step

Target Audience

The site is built for all Vermonters, with a particular focus on supporting those who are low-income, first in their family to pursue education past high school, and a part of identify groups that have been historically disadvantaged. MyFutureVT is web accessible for people with disabilities and is written for an 8th grade reading level.

Visit MyFutureVT

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Did You See Us on TV?

Since MyFutureVT launched in May, Advance Vermont has been engaged in a communications and outreach effort to build awareness of the site as a key tool for anyone seeking to take a step along their career and education journey. You may have seen or heard us on social media, VTDigger, VPR, or on one of the major TV and radio stations. Check out our latest ad, which gives an overview of MyFutureVT!

Introducing MyFutureVT