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Join us for College & Career Pathways 2020—a free program to help parents, students, and adults plan for education and training beyond high school. This year, the event will be held at 4 different Vermont colleges to give you hands-on exposure to a campus environment. 

  • February 26 @  Castleton University, Castleton
  • March 11 @  Landmark College, Putney
  • March 19 @  Saint Michael's College, Colchester
  • April 6 @  NVU–Lyndon, Lyndonville (in partnership with the Northeast Kingdom College Fair)

Come get your questions answered, talk to Vermont experts, and learn about planning and paying for college or career training. Get details in the tabs below.

Free light dinner served from 4:30–5:30 pm.

Register for an evening event

College & Career Pathways—one event, two sections: A daytime piece (with attendance and transportation arranged by schools) provides student-centered workshops on planning, applying for, and paying for college or training after high school.

Our evening segment for parents & students features:

  • a light dinner served during registration (4:30–5:30 pm)
  • a Career Training Resource Fair
  • our most popular college & career planning workshops, with Vermont experts who will walk you through the college admissions process, explain how to pursue Vermont careers in the skilled trades, describe ways to pay for education & training, and answer your questions
  • a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card. See the rules >

Click on the solid green bars below for the schedule for each location.

 

Castleton University

4:30–5:30 pm  Registration and Career Training Resource Fair

5:45–6:45 pm  First Workshop Session (choose 1)
  Financial Aid & Managing College Costs
  Navigating the Admissions Process
  Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short-Term Training

7:00–8:00 pm  Second Workshop Session (choose 1)
  Funding Your Certificate or Technical Training Program
  Scholarships—Free Money!
  The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Landmark College

4:30–5:30 pm  Registration and Career Training Resource Fair

5:45–6:45 pm  First Workshop Session (choose 1)
  Financial Aid & Managing College Costs
  Navigating the Admissions Process
  Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short-Term Training

7:00–8:00 pm  Second Workshop Session (choose 1)
  Funding Your Certificate or Technical Training Program
  Scholarships—Free Money!
  The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Saint Michael's College

4:30–5:30 pm  Registration and Career Training Resource Fair

5:45–6:45 pm  First Workshop Session (choose 1)
  Financial Aid & Managing College Costs
  Gap Year 101: Answering Your Questions about the Gap Year Option
  Navigating the Admissions Process
  Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short-Term Training

7:00–8:00 pm  Second Workshop Session (choose 1)
  Funding Your Certificate or Technical Training Program
  Scholarships—Free Money!
  The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Northern Vermont University–Lyndon

4:30–5:15 pm  Registration and Career Training Resource Fair

5:15–6:00 pm  First Workshop Session (choose 1)
  Financial Aid & Managing College Costs
  Navigating the Admissions Process
  Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short-Term Training

6:15–7:00 pm  Second Workshop Session (choose 1)
  Funding Your Certificate or Technical Training Program
  Scholarships—Free Money!
  The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

7:00–8:00 pm  Northeast Kingdom College Fair
  Talk to admissions representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities from New England and across the U.S.

Daytime events

Schools will bring students to the daytime component of College & Career Pathways events, where they'll take part in 3 workshops of their choice and eat lunch on campus. Students register through their schools. If you’d like your student to attend the daytime event, please contact your high school guidance department to find out whether the school is attending and how to register.

If you’re at a school that would like to bring students or if you’re a home school provider, please contact us at collegepathways@vsac.org for information on how to register.

Questions?

Call 888-943-7301 or e-mail us at events@vsac.org.

 

Career Training Resource Fair

   4:30–5:30 pm Castleton, Landmark, Saint Michael's

   4:30–5:15 pm  Northern Vermont University–Lyndon

View a list of each location's exhibitors >

The College Search: Finding the Right Fit 

Learn what to consider and which tools to use as you create a college list that matches your needs and family situation

Presenter: Career & Education Outreach, VSAC

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs 

Find out how families cover college costs. We'll explain: 

Presenter: Career & Education Outreach, VSAC

  • the types of financial aid available (grants, scholarships, loans)
  • the basics of financial aid applications 
  • ways to compare college costs before you apply
Funding Your Certificate or Technical Training Program

Learn about free resources that can help you pay for training programs, provide one-on-one support, and help you figure out how to cover all your life expenses (transportation, childcare, health insurance, household bills, etc.) while you take classes.

Panel: Educational Opportunity Center, VocRehab, Department of Labor, Department of Children & Families, Post-Secondary Education Program

    Navigating the Admissions Process

    Overwhelmed by the college admissions process? Hear directly from a college admissions counselor about the steps involved in applying, what admissions staff look for in students, and ways they can support you through the admissions process. 

    Presenter: Career & Education Outreach, VSAC

    Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short Term Training & Apprenticeships

    Feeling stuck in your job but not sure how to move on? Interested in gaining new marketable skills, but need to earn a living at the same time? Come hear about short-term training programs with high returns on investment for helping you advance your career, including apprenticeships, certificates, and opportunities to earn while you learn.

    Panel: Panel: Regional Adult Career and Technical Education, Department of Labor Apprenticeships, Community College of Vermont, Vermont Tech Continuing Education & Workforce Development, Vermont Adult Learning 

    Scholarships—Free Money!

    Learn how to find and apply for local, state, and national scholarships.

    Presenter: Career & Education Outreach, VSAC

    Gap Year 101: Answering Your Questions about the Gap Year Option 

    Find out why taking a gap year after high school is becoming an increasing popular option for Vermont students and how it can help you better prepare for college and career. Julia Rogers, board chair of the Gap Year Association, will cover the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of the gap year option. Discover the many programs available, ways to plan for college deferment, and ideas for keeping it within your family's budget.

    Presenter: Gap Year Association 

    Note: This workshop is offered only at Saint Michael's College on March 19.

    Questions?

    Call 888-943-7301 or e-mail us at events@vsac.org.

    DIRECTIONS: 

    Castleton University: Check in at the Campus Center between 4:30–5:30 pm. 

    Landmark College: Check in at the Click Family Sports Building between 4:30–5:30 pm. 

    Saint Michael's College: Check in at the Ross Sports Center between 4:30–5:30 pm.  

    Northern VT University–Lyndon: Check in at the Alexander Twilight Theatre Lobby between 4:30–5:15 pm. 

    Questions?

    Call 888-943-7301 or e-mail us at events@vsac.org.

    Castleton University

    VSAC grants, loans, scholarships, & 529 plans
    VSAC loan rehabilitation for defaulted loans
    Castleton University
    Community College of Vermont
    Stafford Technical Center ATE
    Registered Apprenticeships
    Burlington Code Academy
    Vermont Adult Learning
    Vermont Department of Labor—American Job Center Services
    VocRehab Vermont
    Vermont Department of Libraries
    Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me Grow VT
    Vermont Air Guard
    Vermont Army National Guard

    Landmark College

    VSAC grants, loans, scholarships, & 529 plans
    VSAC loan rehabilitation for defaulted loans
    Landmark College
    Community College of Vermont 
    Vermont Technical College Continuing Education & Workforce Development 
    River Valley Technical Center
    Vermont Adult Learning
    Vermont Department of Labor
    VocRehab
    Pipelines & Pathways Program
    Vermont Department of Libraries
    Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me Grow VT
    Vermont Air Guard
    Vermont Army National Guard

    Saint Michael's College

    VSAC grants, loans, scholarships, & 529 plans
    VSAC loan rehabilitation for defaulted loans
    Saint Michael's College
    Community College of Vermont
    Vermont Tech Continuing Education & Workforce Development 
    Burlington Technical Center
    Registered Apprenticeships
    Vermont Works for Women
    Burlington Code Academy
    Vermont Adult Learning
    Vermont Department of Labor Workforce Development Division
    VocRehab
    Vermont Department of Libraries
    Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me Grow VT
    Vermont Air Guard
    Vermont Army National Guard
    Gap Year Association

    Northern Vermont University–Lyndon

    VSAC grants, loans, scholarships, & 529 plans
    VSAC loan rehabilitation for defaulted loans
    Northern Vermont University
    Community College of Vermont 
    Vermont Tech Continuing Education & Workforce Development 
    St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Education
    White Mountains Community College
    Registered Apprenticeships
    Burlington Code Academy
    Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS)
    Vermont Department of Labor
    VocRehab
    Vermont Department of Libraries
    Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me Grow VT
    Vermont Air Guard
    Vermont Army National Guard

    Questions?

    Call 888-943-7301 or e-mail us at events@vsac.org.