Want a new direction?

Find job training—and the money to pay for it

College & Career Pathways is a free program to help adults plan for education and training beyond high school. Are you an adult looking for a new direction in your work? You’re in the right place.

Are you a high school parent or student? Click here.

    Come get your questions answered, talk to Vermont experts, learn about improving your job skills, and discover ways to help you pay for more training or school. 

    Get details in the tabs below.

    Each evening event features:

    • a light dinner served from 4:30–5:30 pm
    • Career Training Resource Fair—meet with reps from programs in your area. Get a list of exhibitors by location in the tabs below.
    • career & training info sessions—Navigating Your Way to a Better Job and Funding Your Training Program. Get descriptions in the tabs below.
    • Onsite approval for free grant money to help pay for training or college courses. Find requirements and things to bring in the tabs below.
    • Drawing for a $100 VISA gift card. See the rules >

    This year, choose from 4 different dates at 4 different locations. 

    • February 26 @  Castleton University, Castleton
    • March 11 @  Landmark College, Putney
    • March 19 @  Saint Michael's College, Colchester
    • April 6 @  NVU–Lyndon, Lyndonville

    Register for an evening event

    Click on the solid green bars below for information.

    Schedule & Workshop Details

    4:30–5:45 pm  Registration, Career Training Resource Fair, and light dinner

        For a list of resource fair exhibitors, see the dropdown link below.

    4:30–8:00 pm  Onsite Approval of Advancement Grants for nondegree programs or training

    A grant is basically free money, and VSAC has grants to help pay for training and other job programs. Sit down with a VSAC grants representative at the event to complete an application for VSAC’s Advancement Grant.

    5:45–6:45 pm  First Info Session

    Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short-Term Training—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: Stafford Technical Center, Community College of Vermont, Vermont Adult Learning

    7:00–8:00 pm  Second Info Session

    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

    Career Training Resource Fair Exhibitors

    VSAC grants, loans, scholarships & 529 plans
    VSAC loan rehabilitation for defaulted loans
    Flexible Pathways, Vermont Agency of Education
    Castleton University
    Community College of Vermont
    University of Vermont
    Stafford Technical Center ATE
    Burlington Code Academy
    Vermont Adult Learning
    Vermont Department of Labor—American Job Center Services
    VocRehab Vermont
    Northlands Job Corps Center
    Vermont Department of Libraries Job Search Resources
    DCF Economic Services Post-Secondary Education Program 
    Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me Grow VT
    BROC Community Action
    Vermont Air Guard
    Vermont Army National Guard
    Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

    Directions

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

    Questions?

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

     

    Click on the solid green bars below for information.

    Schedule & Workshop Details

    4:30–5:45 pm  Registration, Career Training Resource Fair, and light dinner

        For a list of resource fair exhibitors, see the dropdown link below.

    4:30–8:00 pm  Onsite Approval of Advancement Grants for nondegree programs or training

    A grant is basically free money, and VSAC has grants to help pay for training and other job programs. Sit down with a VSAC grants representative at the event to complete an application for VSAC’s Advancement Grant.

    5:45–6:45 pm  First Info Session

    Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short-Term Training—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: River Valley Technical Center, Community College of Vermont, Vermont Technical College Continuing Education & Workforce Development, Pipelines & Pathways Program, Vermont Department of Labor, Vermont Adult Learning

    7:00–8:00 pm  Second Info Session

    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

    Career Training Resource Fair Exhibitors

    VSAC grants, loans, scholarships & 529 plans
    VSAC loan rehabilitation for defaulted loans
    Flexible Pathways, Vermont Agency of Education
    Landmark College
    Community College of Vermont
    Vermont Technical College Continuing Education & Workforce Development 
    Bennington College
    University of Vermont
    River Valley Technical Center
    Windham Regional Career Center
    Vermont Adult Learning
    Vermont Department of Labor—American Job Center Services
    VocRehab Vermont
    Northlands Job Corps Center
    Pipelines & Pathways Program
    Vermont Department of Libraries Job Search Resources
    DCF Economic Services Post-Secondary Education Program 
    Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me Grow VT
    Vermont Army National Guard
    Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

    Directions

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

    Questions?

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

    Register Now

    Click on the solid green bars below for information.

    Schedule & Workshop Details

    4:30–5:45 pm  Registration, Career Training Resource Fair, and light dinner

        For a list of resource fair exhibitors, see the dropdown link below.

    4:30–8:00 pm  Onsite Approval of Advancement Grants for nondegree programs or training

    A grant is basically free money, and VSAC has grants to help pay for training and other job programs. Sit down with a VSAC grants representative at the event to complete an application for VSAC’s Advancement Grant.

    5:45–6:45 pm  First Info Session

    Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short-Term Training—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: Burlington Technical Center, Department of Labor Apprenticeships, Community College of Vermont, Vermont Technical College Continuing Education & Workforce Development, Vermont Adult Learning

    7:00–8:00 pm  Second Info Session

    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

    Career Training Resource Fair Exhibitors

    VSAC grants, loans, scholarships & 529 plans
    VSAC loan rehabilitation for defaulted loans
    Flexible Pathways, Vermont Agency of Education
    Saint Michael's College
    Saint Michael’s College Military Community Services
    Community College of Vermont
    Vermont Technical College Continuing Education & Workforce Development 
    University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education 
    Champlain College Online
    Burlington Technical Center
    Registered Apprenticeships
    Vermont Works for Women
    Burlington Code Academy
    Vermont Adult Learning
    Vermont Department of Labor—American Job Center Services
    VocRehab Vermont
    Northlands Job Corps Center
    Vermont Department of Libraries Job Search Resources
    DCF Economic Services Post-Secondary Education Program 
    Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me Grow VT
    Vermont Air Guard
    Vermont Army National Guard
    Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children
    Gap Year Association

    Directions

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

    Questions?

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

    Register Now

    Click on the solid green bars below for information.

    Schedule & Workshop Details

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

        For a list of resource fair exhibitors, see the dropdown link below.

    4:30–8:00 pm  Onsite Approval of Advancement Grants for nondegree programs or training

    A grant is basically free money, and VSAC has grants to help pay for training and other job programs. Sit down with a VSAC grants representative at the event to complete an application for VSAC’s Advancement Grant.

    5:15–6:00 pm  First Info Session

    Navigating Your Way to a Better Job Through Short-Term Training—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: St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Education, Department of Labor Apprenticeships, Northern Vermont University Center for Professional Studies, Community College of Vermont, White Mountains Community College, Vermont Technical College Continuing Education & Workforce Development 

    6:15–7:00 pm  Second Info Session

    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

    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.

    Career Training Resource Fair Exhibitors

    VSAC grants, loans, scholarships & 529 plans
    VSAC loan rehabilitation for defaulted loans
    Flexible Pathways, Vermont Agency of Education
    Northern Vermont University
    Northern Vermont University Center for Professional Studies 
    Community College of Vermont
    Vermont Technical College Continuing Education & Workforce Development
    University of Vermont
    St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Education
    White Mountains Community College
    Registered Apprenticeships
    Burlington Code Academy
    Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS)
    Vermont Department of Labor—American Job Center Services
    VocRehab Vermont
    Northlands Job Corps Center
    Vermont Department of Libraries Job Search Resources
    DCF Economic Services Post-Secondary Education Program 
    Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me Grow VT
    Vermont Air Guard
    Vermont Army National Guard
    Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

    Directions

    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.

    Register Now

    Sit down with a VSAC grants representative at the event to complete an application for VSAC’s Advancement Grant (previously, the Vermont Nondegree Grant). A grant is basically free money that doesn’t need to be repaid, so if you’re eligible, you’ll get approved on the spot for free money that can help you pay for a qualified non-degree course or training program.

    To be eligible

    You must: 

    • be a Vermont resident and have lived in the State of Vermont for at least one year before to the start of the class you want to take
    • be enrolling (or already be enrolled) in a non-degree program that starts between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020
    • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (see box on left
    • have financial need as determined by the VSAC Grant Program
    • not have already received 6 terms of the Vermont Advancement Grant
    • not be receiving a Vermont Incentive Grant (for full-time study) or a Vermont Part-Time Grant for the same semester, or for two semesters during the 2019–2020 academic year
    • have a high school diploma or G.E.D. If you don’t have either of these, you must not have been enrolled as a high school student within the past 3 months
    • not have previously received a Vermont Non-Degree Grant for the same course for which you’re now applying
    • not be in default on an education loan
    • not be enrolled in a correspondence, self-improvement, recreational, peer review, or testing preparatory course
       
    If you want to participate in onsite approval

    Please bring:

    • your Social Security number
    • your school or program and enrollment term (summer, fall, winter, spring)
    • the name of the course you’re taking, plus course cost information and course starting date
    • the source and amount of other aid you’re receiving
    • financial information (yours, yours and your spouse/civil union partner’s, or your parents’ depending on your responses to specific questions in the application, including:
    • yearly amount of child support (only the amount paid)
    • 2017 federal income tax return (if filed); please bring a copy that you can leave with the grants representative, not your original
    • untaxed income (income not included on tax return)
    • assets—including savings and checking accounts, value and any debt for your current assets (home, farm, and/or business), and other real estate/investment equity

    If you don’t already have a MyVSAC account, it’ll be helpful to create one at MyVSAC before the event. Please remember or write down your username and password so you can access your account at the event.

    What is an "eligible non-citizen"?

    Generally, you’re an eligible non-citizen if you are: 

    • a permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (l-551); or 
    • a conditional permanent resident with a Conditional Green Card (l-551C); or
    • the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (l-94) from the Department of Homeland Security, showing any one of the following designations: Refugee, Asylum Granted, Parolee (l-94 confirms paroled for a minimum of 1 year and
    • status has not expired), Cuban-Haitian Entrant, victim of human trafficking, or T-visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) 

    Questions?

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

    Register Now