Employer Partner Program

Vermont Tech offers a program that gives employers the opportunity to help train and shape the workforce that will move their industry forward, and help keep their local communities vibrant.

The Employer Partner Program leverages support from Vermont employers to furnish students with financial resources to obtain a college degree. Participating businesses and organizations play a key role during every step in the process, providing career guidance, meaningful workplace experience and the opportunity to start working immediately following graduation. Employers benefit by developing a pipeline of local students who are trained in a relevant degree program and are engaged in both their workplace and their city or town.

More about the partner program

Employers:

  • Employers identify any Vermont Tech two- or four-year degree programs that provides the necessary knowledge and skills they are seeking in an employee.
  • Prospective students are recruited with input from the employer.
  • Students serve a paid internship or apprenticeship with employers following completion of their first year of college.
  • Employer makes a tax-exemptible contribution to student’s second year of tuition.
  • After graduation, employers provide an interview to student for job openings within the company.
  • If hired, workers make a commitment to staying at the company for a period of time in order to receive tuition reimbursement benefits.

To develop a partnership, employers can contact Curtis Ostler, Associate Dean of Resource Development for a customized agreement to meet their needs. He can be reached at curtis.ostler@vtc.edu and (802) 728-1258.

Students:

  • Students prepare as early as their sophomore year of high school by learning about career opportunities with local businesses. They may also take courses that ready them for the rigors of a college-level program.
  • Students can apply to the VAST program during the spring of their junior year or as a first-time freshman in their senior year of high school. High school graduates and students with some college are also encouraged to apply.
  • Students serve a paid internship or apprenticeship with employers following completion of their first year of college.
  • Employer makes a tax-exemptible contribution to student’s second year of tuition.
  • After graduation, student is guaranteed an interview for job openings within the company.

To learn more about programs at Vermont Tech and to apply to the College, students can contact Admissions at admissions@vtc.edu and (802) 728-1444 or request more information online.