06.09.11

Leahy Secures $2 M. For Vermont Workforce Development Project That Matches Vermonters With Their Future Vermont Employers

(THURSDAY, June 9) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Labor has released $2 million in funding for workforce development training provided by the Vermont Healthcare and Information Technology Education Center (HITEC) in Williston.  Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the funds in last year’s annual appropriations bill.

Leahy said, “Training and practical experience can turn the liability of unemployment and underemployment into assets, turning lives around and planting the seeds for the economic future we want for our state.  As the economy slowly improves, businesses are making strategic decisions about their future.  That adds even greater urgency to the work of preparing Vermonters for the jobs of tomorrow, right here at home.”

Vermont HITEC will train Vermonters with aptitudes and strong interests in a variety of fields, including information technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing.  The center has successfully trained Vermonters for specialized positions such as software developers, web developers, medical coders, phlebotomists and CNC Machinists.  With the funding secured by Leahy, Vermont HITEC will identify a pool of unemployed and underemployed Vermonters and develop education and training curricula leading directly to filling vacant positions with pre-selected employers. 

This is an ongoing collaborative project among educators, employers and economic development partners at the federal, state, and local levels in Vermont.  They include the Vermont Department of Labor One-Stop Career Centers, River Valley Community College, the Vermont Software Developers Alliance, Dealer.com in Burlington, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Husky Injection Molding in Milton, Clara Martin Center in Randolph, Hypertherm in Hanover, N.H., and other area employers.

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Local Contact:  Gerry Ghazi, President of Vermont HITEC, 802-872-0660

Press Contact

David Carle: 202-224-3693