Colleges Join Hands with Labor for Workforce Development

NEWPORT - Vermont State Collages have teamed up with the Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development with a goal of filling the thousands of positions expected locally in the near future. Jay Peak’s Bill Stenger and partners announced major development plans last fall for the Northeast Kingdom. Who will fill these jobs, and what training is required remains in question.Faculty and staff at Community College of Vermont (CCV) in Newport are excited about the great potential for programs to meet the needs of workforce development resulting in regional growth. CCV already has a hospitality and tourism program, and Mercedes Pour-Previti, a coordinator of academic services, expects the program to flourish. The Newport site also offers a number of medical related programs. One such program is an associate’s degree in medical assisting. Pour-Previti and others are waiting to hear further on what AnC Bio is looking for in potential employees to see if they need to make any adjustments to their current programs. They also are working to become more aware of what other local and state educational institutions offer in order to best serve students interests and goals.For more of this story, see Friday's Newport Daily Express for Jan. 18, 2013