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Career & College Readiness Support

Sometimes the road to a new career or education program is a long one – and that’s ok. If you are over the age of 16, Adult Education and Literacy providers throughout the state offer free help with:

  • Math and computer skills
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Connecting with employment and education opportunities

Get in touch with a center near you: 

Youth Development Program

Find your path to independence in adulthood through education, employment, and other types of support. This program pairs a Youth Development Coordinator with a student who is or has been in foster care. Together, you will:

  • Get academic and career assistance
  • Find leadership opportunities
  • Access financial resources
  • Plan for your future after exiting foster care

Learn more about Spectrum’s YDP program.

Youth Development Program

The Youth Development Program supports young people who have ever been in State custody. It provides students with one-on-one to help with living an independent life through:

  • Education and career planning
  • Referrals to other types of counseling
  • Accessing healthcare and housing supports

Learn more about the Youth Development Program here.

Youth Development Program

The Youth Development Program helps youth with foster care experience transition to adulthood. YDP provides supports and resources to meet the personal interests and goals of each participant in the program. The YDP offers:

  • Case management through local Youth Development Coordinators, including education and career planning support
  • Financial resources
  • Extended foster care beyond the age of 18
  • Leadership and advocacy opportunities

Learn more about YDP and find your local YDP.




Jump On Board for Success (JOBS) Program

This program of the Lamoille Restorative Center and Spectrum VT is for out-of-school youth ages 16-22 with disabilities. The Jobs On Board for Success (JOBS) program helps participants:

  • Create employment portfolio, develop job seeking skills
  • Secure work-based learning opportunities, such as a job shadow or internship
  • Identify potential barriers to employment and communicate with employers
  • Secure housing

Services are available in the Lamoille Valley Region and in Burlington, Vermont. Learn more about the JOBS program.



Vermont High School Completion Program

A program designed to help high schoolers at risk of dropping out finish your high school diploma. This program helps students understand what are the skills and topics they need to learn in order to graduate from high school. Students can take part in many different kinds of learning activities that fit with their interests and career goals. Learn more about the Vermont High School Completion Program.

Career Support

Work with a counselor to help you with any aspect of your job or career journey. The staff at HireAbility Vermont (formerly VocRehab) can give you support with:

  • Assistive technology for anyone living with a disability
  • Benefits counseling so you can access your Social Security benefits
  • Planning your path to employment after release from a jail
  • Finding a job as a mature worker
  • Trying out a new employer in a safe environment
  • Counseling for people with deaf gain
  • Planning after high school
  • Job support for people living with a disability

Learn more about HireAbility or connect with someone at your local office.



Education and Outreach Counselors

A VSAC Education and Outreach Counselor can offer you advice on your education and training options as you prepare for your future. Education and outreach counselors offer the following to people all across the state:

  • Making decisions about your career
  • Planning for your education and training
  • Choosing a college or technical center
  • Financial aid

Learn more or talk to a VSAC counselor today.

A view of the Randolph Center Campus in the fall