Taylor Fitzgerald was looking for an alternative to high school when her guidance counselor told her about the Vermont Academy of Science & Technology Program (VAST) at Vermont Tech.
The early college program gave Taylor everything she needed to know that Vermont Tech would be the best place to earn her degree.
“The college search was a breeze for me,” she says. “I had the option to stay at Vermont Tech to continue my education or apply elsewhere. I enjoyed Vermont Tech and didn’t bother to apply to another school because I was set on this one.”
The VAST program also helped Taylor know the possibilities of her studies and future career.
“The VAST program let me know I had options, got me excited about participating in Vermont Tech student life, all while teaching and supporting me along the way,” she says.
Taylor is in Vermont Tech’s Computer Information Technology Program. To give her experience outside of the classroom, her advisor suggested she look into Rosie’s Girls camp program, which brings together girls who are interested in a non-traditional field of study. Taylor worked as a student IT instructor at the camp, and will return as a camp counselor this summer.
“Some of my most important memories of Vermont Tech so far have being able to join in extracurricular activities, networking, working in large study groups, and having professors let me know they believe in me and are proud of me,” she says. “I chose Vermont Tech to have a more personalized experience.”