State aid for students well spent
I was pleased to read last week about Gov. Shumlin’s statewide efforts to help Vermonters retrain for jobs within the state. I am glad you are covering this development, and I am glad Gov. Shumlin isn’t just talking about job creation but doing many things about it.
Right here in central Vermont, adult students at Goddard College in Plainfield who are in the master’s in psychology and counseling or in the bachelor’s in education program have been benefiting from a Department of Labor initiative in supporting secondary and postsecondary internship programs. Our students are adults who are retooling or upgrading their job skills. The Department of Labor is helping this process by giving stipends to qualifying Vermont students while they are doing their counseling internships so they can offset real expenses involved in retooling including clothes, food, transportation and child care.
These student internships also benefit Vermont agencies and schools as well as being learning experiences, a win-win situation. They are learning experiences with rigorous supervision. Since these students are going into debt to further their careers and are often juggling jobs and families as well, it is a pleasure to see the state giving some aid to this process.
The writer works for Goddard College.
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