Division of Workforce, Community & Economic Development

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Vermont State University’s Workforce, Community & Economic Development (WCED) division is the university’s hub of connectivity, with a focus on access, flexibility, quality, and hands-on learning.

  • Workforce training for learners of all ages — to prepare for new careers in in-demand fields and to upskill and reskill to be competitive in the workplace
  • Economic development throughout Vermont — across industries and throughout schools and organizations
  • Innovative workplace opportunities for students — apprenticeships, applied learning, entrepreneurial ventures, and more

Vermont State’s WCED Division Includes Five Centers and Program Areas:

With a focus on upskilling and reskilling Vermont workers, the Center for Workforce & Professional Education offers:

  • Employer-supported cohorts leading to degrees, certificates, and courses
  • Credit-bearing apprenticeship programs
  • Credit-bearing courses to help students move toward degree programs
  • Non-credit high-demand skill development programs, and courses

Registered Apprenticeship Programs
With the goal of increasing the licensed workforce in skill-based professions, programs include:

  • Non-credit instruction to meet the apprenticeship standards for USDOL/VTDOL
  • Management of registration and hours tracking for apprenticeship completion
  • Proctoring licensure tests for apprentices who complete the program
  • Support to VTDOL to strengthen employer-apprentice-customer relationships

The Center for Schools provides professional learning opportunities for teachers, support staff, and administrators in schools and districts across Vermont and beyond through the provision of courses, institutes, workshops, trainings, symposiums, and independent studies.

With the goal of developing the workforce to spur innovation in this sector, fill job vacancies, and prepare the next generation of farmers and ag-entrepreneurs, the Center will offer new ag-specific training programs and internships and encourage entrepreneurial ventures.

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) fosters community collaboration, strengthens industry partnerships, and develops Vermont State’s role as an agent for positive growth within our communities. Current programs include Do North Coworking, the Forestry Accelerator, and Learning & Working Community partnerships. Future plans include the creation of a campus-based Community & Innovation Hub.

What’s new? Launch your new career as a trail professional through innovative hands-on learning with flexible, part-time programs of study.


Please email us at WorkforceInnovation@VermontState.edu with any questions or requests and someone from our team will contact you.