VAST Employer Partner Program

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Vermont Tech is offering a new program that gives employers the opportunity to help train and shape the workforce that will move their industry forward, and help keep their local communities vibrant.

In conjunction with VAST, The Employer Partner Program leverages support from Vermont employers to furnish students with financial resources to obtain a college degree. Participating businesses and organizations play a key role during every step in the process, providing career guidance, meaningful workplace experience and the opportunity to start working immediately following graduation. Employers benefit by developing a pipeline of local students who are trained in a relevant degree program and are engaged in both their workplace and their city or town.

Employers:

  • Employers identify any Vermont Tech two- or four-year degree programs that provides the necessary knowledge and skills they are seeking in an employee.
  • Prospective students are recruited from high schools with input from the employer.
  • Students serve a paid internship or apprenticeship with employers following completion of the VAST year of college.
  • Employer makes a tax-exemptible contribution to student’s second year of tuition.
  • After graduation, employers provide an interview to student for job openings within the company.
  • If hired, workers make a commitment to staying at the company for a period of time in order to receive tuition reimbursement benefits.

Students:

  • Students prepare as early as their sophomore year of high school by learning about career opportunities with local businesses. They may also take courses that ready them for the rigors of a two-year associate’s degree program.
  • Students apply to the VAST program during the spring of their junior year.
  • Qualified applicants begin earning college credit during high school, saving the cost of tuition and first year room and board. 
  • Students serve a paid internship or apprenticeship with employers following completion of the VAST year of college.
  • Employer makes a tax-exemptible contribution to student’s second year of tuition.
  • After graduation, student is guaranteed an interview for job openings within the company.