CCV strives to be a college that values all voices, and that embraces the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that all people should have access to a high-quality, affordable postsecondary education. Amid this historic moment in our state and in our country, it is imperative that we acknowledge our shortcomings and reaffirm our core values.
The VSCS is weathering the roughest days of its 60-year history. The potential changes facing our sister institutions are painful and the challenges are real. While CCV is not immune to these challenges, we are fundamentally unique, financially stable, and poised to help rebuild Vermont in the wake of COVID-19.
CCV opened its doors in 1970, with ten classes. Students didn’t pay tuition, and faculty taught for free. The mission was simple: bring higher education to the people of our rural state.
Robyn St. Peter never thought college was in her future. She worked as a firefighter, an EMT, and a special education paraprofessional. She raised four children. Two years ago, while working as an LNA at UVM Medical Center, she realized that college could be part of her life after all.
At the Community College of Vermont, we believe education beyond high school is a necessity for all, and not a privilege for some. Now more than ever, higher education must be understood as central and fundamental to a healthy economy.
Community College of Vermont was founded in 1970 with the goal of providing a path to a college degree that is both local and cost effective. We have never lost sight of that mission, and it is more relevant now than at any other time in our history.