Vermont Tech is part of the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) system that includes Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and the Community College of Vermont and offers collegiate-level programs leading to certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees in agriculture; business; engineering technologies; applied technologies; allied health and nursing; and renewable energy. The college also offers a master’s degree in software engineering.
Vermont Tech provides students with a rigorous, broad-based background in technology and applied sciences. Graduates are well-prepared to work with scientists, engineers, and other professionals in meeting the challenges of today’s high-tech workplaces. They find career opportunities in business, industry, commerce, transportation, agriculture, healthcare, construction, government, and advanced manufacturing.
Vermont Tech Mission Statement
We provide career-focused technical and professional education in a caring community which prepares students for immediate workplace success and continued learning.
Vermont Tech emphasizes the core values of dedication, integrity, and responsibility as a foundation for learning, career preparation, and citizenship.
Vermont Tech is dedicated to its tradition of helping students reach their full potential by developing their academic and scholarly proficiency; critical thinking and communication skills; civic responsibility; and global awareness.
The faculty, staff, administration, and students at Vermont Tech are committed to forming a stimulating, compassionate, and supportive learning community which fosters the personal and professional growth of all members.
Vermont Tech values its role in supporting the Vermont economy and meeting the needs of businesses by preparing highly qualified graduates in various occupations, as well as by providing businesses with opportunities for continuing education for their employees.
Vermont State Colleges Mission Statement
For the benefit of Vermont, the Vermont State College system provides affordable, high-quality, student-centered, and accessible education, fully integrating professional, liberal, and career study, consistent with student aspirations and regional and state needs.
This integrated education, in conjunction with experiential learning opportunities, assures that graduates of VSC programs will:
Demonstrate competence in communication, research, and critical thinking
Practice creative problem-solving, both individually and collaboratively
Be engaged, effective, and responsible citizens
Bring to the workplace appropriate skills and an appreciation of work quality and ethics
Embrace the necessity and joy of lifelong learning for personal and professional growth
The Vermont State College system provides continuing educational opportunities for individuals to meet their specific goals.
Since its founding more than 150 years ago, Vermont Tech has continuously evolved to meet the educational needs of the state and its workforce.
In Public Act No. 1 of 1866, the Vermont legislature established the first public schools in Vermont devoted to the education of teachers. The schools were located in Randolph, Johnson, and Castleton. The Randolph State Normal School served in this capacity until 1910, when the legislature determined that there was a need for a state agricultural school and established the Vermont School of Agriculture (VSA) at the Normal School site.
Over its long years of service, the VSA graduated many Vermonters who were distinguished by their numerous and notable contributions to agriculture and government.
In response to evolving educational needs, technical courses were added to the offerings of the school in 1957 and the institution was given a new name reflecting this expanding mission: Vermont Agricultural and Technical Institute (VATI). It was the first technical institute in Vermont with an initial enrollment of approximately 75 students.
By act of the 1961 legislature, VATI and the state teacher colleges (Castleton, Johnson, and Lyndon) were placed under the control of a newly created public corporation known as Vermont State Colleges. Community College of Vermont joined the other state colleges in 1975.
The name VATI was changed to Vermont Technical College on July 1, 1962 and the college was authorized to grant associate of applied science degrees. The associate of engineering degree was first granted in 1965.
On May 7, 1993, the VSC Board of Trustees approved the college’s first baccalaureate degree program: the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology.
Nursing programs were added to the college curriculum in 1994 when Vermont’s three schools of practical nursing became part of the Vermont Tech community. Beginning in the fall of 1996, Practical Nursing became a credit-bearing program that could be applied toward a two-year Associate Degree in Nursing from Vermont Tech. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing was added in 2013.
In 2015, Vermont Tech’s NEASC accreditation was updated to include the offering of master’s degrees with the launch of its Master of Science in Software Engineering. The college also began offering more certificate programs in allied health, agriculture, and computer science.
By authority conferred by the Vermont legislature, the Trustees of the VSC have authorized Vermont Tech to grant the degrees of associate of applied science, associate of science, associate of engineering, and bachelor of science with a major in the program pursued.
The Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) at Vermont Tech has Independent School Approval for grade 12 from the Vermont State Board of Education.
Vermont Tech is an institutional member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Vermont Higher Education Council, and the American Society for Engineering Education.
Vermont Tech is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC).
The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org: Architectural & Building Engineering Technology; Architectural Engineering Technology; Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology; Computer Engineering Technology; Electrical Engineering Technology; Electromechanical Engineering Technology; Mechanical Engineering Technology.
The Automotive Technology program is accredited by NATEF (ASE), 101 Blue Seal Dr, SE, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175.
The Dental Hygiene associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, (312) 440-4653.
The Nursing programs, including the LPN and RN re-entry programs, are approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing. The Vermont State Board of Nursing can be contacted at the Office of Professional Regulation, Board of Nursing, 89 Main St, 3rd Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620-3402. All Nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing can be contacted at 3343 Peach Tree Rd, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326.
The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, http://www.coarc.com, 1248 Harwood Rd, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, 817-283-2835.
The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a program for educating veterinary technicians at 1931 North Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.