In downtown Rutland a few weeks before Christmas, a CCV student walked into the West St. academic center. She was wrapping up the fall semester and looking ahead to more classes in the spring. But she was also struggling with more than the usual pre-holiday stress: she had just lost her job.
These days, Dylan Giambatista spends most of his time under Montpelier’s golden dome— meeting with fellow lawmakers, discussing the most pressing issues in Vermont, bringing a bit of youthful energy to the working museum that is our State House.
Livija Mujkanovic immigrated to the U.S. from Bosnia at 19. She arrived in Vermont with her family, speaking no English. During her first year here, she worked two jobs—one as a housekeeper and one at Burger King. At home in Bosnia, she had been a student in law school.
Community College of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges are here to serve Vermonters—and not only Vermont students, but also the businesses and communities those students go on to serve. At CCV-Newport on Monday, VSCS chancellor Jeb Spaulding and CCV president Joyce Judy convened a community listening session to hear firsthand about the needs of business owners and employers.
This year, CCV is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its online learning programs, which have contributed to making the College one of the most accessible institutions of higher education in the state.
Attending a big school doesn’t mean you give up the benefits of going to a small school, at least not for CCV-Springfield students.
“We put a lot of thinking into creating good community at CCV through activities and ways that students can connect,” said Deb Grant, an academic coordinator at the College’s Springfield academic center. “So we came up with this great idea to gather, campus-wide, and do a story sharing activity.”
Community College of Vermont’s flagship Winooski academic center will be renamed the Tim Donovan Academic Center in honor of the Vermont State Colleges’ retiring chancellor and his 38 years of service to the Vermont State Colleges.