College and Career Training Fund


In Vermont, when a young person leaves public school, the choices available to them may be severely limited by circumstance. A highly skilled and educated workforce brightens Vermont’s economic outlook and improves the lives of individuals, families, and communities. And yet fewer than 4 in 10 of Vermont’s high school students from families in the low-income bracket pursue such pathways after graduation. We know that hands-on career exploration, tech initiatives, and programs for young people experiencing financial stress help provide the type of training that will add qualified people to Vermont’s workforce.

The Community Foundation believes in programs that build equitable access to affordable and high-quality college and training, preparing Vermonters for their lives and careers. One of our supporting organizations, the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, provides critical grantmaking and thought leadership in the state and is a strong partner for the Community Foundation in advancing this work. In 2018, the Curtis Fund became a supporting organization at the Foundation and is another valued partner in this realm.

The College and Career Training Fund helps support access to college and training through career exposure, scholarships, programming, awareness raising, accessibility, and more. A contribution to this fund helps to increase the Community Foundation’s capacity to make flexible grants that support Vermonters as they reach their own goals, build their lives, and strengthen Vermont communities.