Pathways to Promising Careers

What do 400 electricians, more than 2,000 nurses, and nearly 500 software developers have in common? These are the kinds and numbers of promising jobs expected to open in Vermont in the next ten years. The promising jobs largely require education and/or training after high school—but only 38% of low-income Vermont high school graduates continue on to college.

In 2016, supporting organization J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor released the second edition of Pathways to Promising Careers, a resource highlighting 54 of Vermont’s promising jobs that will pay at least $20/hour and have at least 100 openings over the next decade.

As of spring 2017, over 30,000 copies of Pathways have been distributed to high schools, colleges, state agencies, counseling organizations, and nonprofits across the state to help students, graduates, and job-seekers learn about careers that interest them and about the educational requirements needed to achieve their goals. Learn more about the Pathways resource or request physical copies.

Pathways builds on work the McClure Foundation has supported over the past decade to improve access to higher education and career training for all Vermonters.  Since 2008, they have awarded over $3 million to invest in career and education pathways for students facing the biggest obstacles, to raise college aspiration rates, to change the narrative around jobs, and to leverage more resources into the public higher education system.

As a response to the findings of the 2009 Understanding Vermont report on Postsecondary Education, the McClure Foundation also partnered with the Vermont Community Foundation to establish the Access to Higher Education Fund which supports programs that build equitable access to affordable and high-quality college and career education that will prepare Vermonters for secure and successful employment.

Contribute to the fund or contact  Carolyn Weir at or 802-388-3355 ext. 239 to learn more.