Workforce Center of Excellence: BDCC expands career awareness program

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BRATTLEBORO — The Southern Vermont Workforce Center of Excellence, an initiative of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, is expanding the Fast Tracks to Success career awareness program to include more schools, engage more students, and better direct young Vermonters to high-wage, high-growth careers.

With support from the Louis and Warren J. McClure Foundation, the Vermont Department of Labor, and Windham County municipal funding, the Fast Tracks to Success is expanding after it's first successful pilot year to include Sophomores from Leland and Gray, as well as expand program offerings to interested High School Freshmen and Juniors at Bellows Falls Union High School, Twin Valley Middle-High School, Brattleboro Union High School, and the Windham Regional Career Center. The first year of the Fast Tracks to Success program saw over 120 Windham County Sophomores visit regional employers in the Healthcare, Manufacturing, Food and Agriculture, Hospitality, and Construction industries, as well as participate in in-class skill-building exercises. Students were provided first-hand experience watching the creation of products ranging from artisanal granola and yogurt to airplane engines and kitchen interiors. In collaboration with school guidance counselors and BDCC staff, students will be provided the information they need to access the high-wage, high-growth occupations available right in their own backyards.

For more information about this program and the Southern Vermont Workforce Center of Excellence, contact Alex Beck at abeck@brattleborodevelopment.com.

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