The college is part of the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) system that includes Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and the Community College of Vermont. Vermont Tech 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 sustainable technology.
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 workplace. 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.
Establish a high-quality academic environment
Broaden students’ experiences, both academically and socially
Emphasize the combination of theoretical concepts and practical applications in the curriculum
Prepare students to adapt to changing technology
Offer academic and personal support services that enhance student learning
Furnish placement services for students, graduates, and alumni
Afford opportunities for faculty and staff development
Pursue strong liaisons with Vermont elementary and secondary schools
Inform the general public and potential students of opportunities at Vermont Tech
Encourage a large and diverse population to enter Vermont Tech
Strengthen relationships with our community partners
Provide outreach programs to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, employers, and employees
Maintain continuing communication and relationships with alumni
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.
Throughout its over 150-year history, Vermont Tech has been responsive to the educational needs of Vermont's 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.
Another milestone was reached on May 7, 1993 when the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved the college’s first baccalaureate degree program: the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology. Students may now enroll in sixteen additional baccalaureate programs leading to bachelor of science degrees.
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 (PN) became a credit-bearing program that could also be applied toward a two-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Vermont Tech. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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.
Vermont Tech’s main campus in Randolph Center is located on over 544 acres. Interstate 89 passes within one mile of the campus. Buses from the metropolitan areas serve the area and Amtrak’s Vermonter stops in downtown Randolph twice daily.
Vermont Tech also maintains a campus in Williston, Vermont. The Williston campus is accessible from Exit 12 off of Interstate 89.
The college operates ten campuses throughout the state predominantly in support of nursing programs, as well as sites for Paramedicine, Respiratory Therapy and CEWD programs. Several locations are operated in partnership with the Community College of Vermont.
By authority conferred by the Vermont legislature, the Trustees of Vermont State Colleges 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 Paramedicine program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Executive Office). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation. To contact CoAEMSP Executive Office: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111‐312 Rowlett, TX 75088 214‐703‐8445 FAX 214‐703‐8992 www.coaemsp.org.
The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 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.
Vermont Academy of Science and Technology
The Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) provides an opportunity for high school seniors with a strong interest and ability in science and math to complete their senior year at Vermont Tech. Recognized by the state of Vermont as an approved independent high school, the program awards high school diplomas. Because Vermont state law allows VAST students to transfer Vermont Tech credits back to their sending high schools, students may receive a second high school diploma from that school.
Applications for VAST are accepted until May 1 and decisions are made regarding acceptance into the program by May 15. Any available seats available after May 15 are filled on a rolling basis.
Entry into VAST is competitive. Students should have a strong academic transcript and one of three standardized tests (SAT, ACT, PSAT) with scores in the following ranges: SAT scores of 550 for each subsection, ACT scores of 21 for each subsection, and/or PSAT scores of 28 or higher for each subsection. VAST students are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA while attending Vermont Tech or are required to return to their sending high school. To be eligible for a VAST diploma, students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and meet the minimum number of credits as required by the state of Vermont. VAST students are also expected to adhere to all policies and procedures outlined in the Vermont Tech student handbook.
Upon completion of the one-year program, students may remain at Vermont Tech to complete a degree or transfer to another institution. Students who remain at Vermont Tech after graduation are awarded the VAST Forward Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 per year, awarded for up to three years.
The Vermont legislature has provided that a Vermont student’s general state support grant for the senior year of high school may be used to cover tuition for VAST. Vermont Tech provides financial aid to Vermont residents for any gap that may exist between the state grant and its tuition, enabling Vermonters to attend VAST tuition-free. Other non-tuition fees, including room and board for students who choose to live on campus, are the responsibility of the student.