Assistive Technology Program

The Vermont Assistive Technology Program (VATP) helps people with disabilities of all ages find tools to overcome barriers at school, home, and work.

VATP allows you to try out tools at centers throughout the state. Equipment is also free to borrow for 30 days.

Regional Tryout Centers are located in Burlington, Waterbury, Rutland, and Castleton.

Learn more here.

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: 

Learn IT 2 Work

Learn IT 2 Work provides Vermonters who have little or no computer skills the basics needed for a job search process and in a workplace. Participants learn how to operate a computer, create documents, navigate the internet (including applying for positions), and use emails. The program is:

  • 20 hours, delivered over 4-5 days
  • Limited to about 10 participants per session
  • Structured for one-on-one mentoring and small group practice

The program is delivered by A4TD. Learn more and apply for Learn IT 2 Work.

 

 

Senior Community Service Employment Program

If you are 55 years old or older and looking to get back into the workforce, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is one place to look for support. The SCSEP enrolls job seekers in paid training positions at public and non-profit organizations.

  • Positions are temporary and approximately 20 hours per week
  • Participants receive the minimum wage
  • Training is provided to participants and many earn industry-recognized certifications

Learn more and apply for the SCSEP.

 

 

Vermont Returnship Program

Like an internship, a returnship is a short-term on-the-job work experience, though a returnship is geared for adults who are reentering the workforce after time away from their careers. The Vermont Returnship Program helps identify your transferable skills, job skills, and training needs before matching you with an employer. Here are the program highlights for participants:

  • Assessments and career counseling
  • Individualized three-week returnship with employer
  • Paid stipend

The program is a between Associates for Training & Development and the Vermont Department of Labor. Learn more and apply.

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

 

Adult Education and Literacy

Get the training and job skills you need as an adult to find a job that works for you. Adult learners are Vermonters over the age of 16 who need additional skills or training, a high school credential, or both. No matter where you’re starting from, you can work one-on-one or take classes to improve your skills in:

  • Math
  • Reading and writing
  • Important skills for a job
  • English for speakers of other languages
  • English literacy and civics education
  • Education and career guidance

Connect with your local training center from the list below.

Central Vermont Adult Basic Education: Washington, Orange, and Lamoille Counties

Northeast Kingdom Learning Services: Northeast Kingdom

Vermont Adult Learning: Franklin, Grand Isle, Chittenden, Addison, Rutland, Windsor, Windham Counties

The Tutorial Center: Bennington County

 

Career Resources Centers

Work with a Vermont Department of Labor career counselor virtually or in-person free of charge. Anyone looking for a job can use the resource centers to access:

  • computers and the internet
  • information about education and training
  • information about employers
  • career guidance

People working at the centers can help answer your questions and support you through the process. Find your local Vermont Department of Labor career center.

 

 

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