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Removing Barriers: Education in Vermont


McClure Foundation Awards Over $380,000 to Support Postsecondary Access and Attainment for Vermonters

The McClure Foundation has announced $381,395 in grants for the 2017-18 school year to programs promoting career and college education for Vermonters with a focus on low-income students, first-generation college students, adult learners, and veterans. The McClure Foundation is guided by a vision of a vibrant Vermont economy in which no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant.

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Jeb Spaulding: College Affordability Should be a Front-Burner Issue

Of the 6,000 or so Vermonters about to graduate from high school, more than 2,000 are unlikely to further their education after June. They will join a growing cohort of young Vermonters who lack the credentials necessary to succeed in our economy. In fact, Vermont has the lowest college enrollment rate in New England.

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The Other 1%

When you hear “the 1%,” you likely think of our society’s shorthand for those with extreme wealth. It’s unlikely you think of the 6,900 Vermonters who have served in the armed forces since September 11, 2001. These and the other 2.7 million post-9/11 veterans represent 1% of the U.S. population and sometimes call themselves “the other 1%.” They, too, have a wealth of experience and skills to share.

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My Education on Vermont’s Educational System

The last six months have been an education for me. What I learned made me excited for the educational system that my two little boys are heading into here in Vermont – and convinced of the need for continued focus on practical and equitable solutions to our state’s continuing educational challenges.

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Bridging the Opportunity Gap: Our Giving for the 2015/2016 School Year

In his recent blog, A Call to Action, Stuart Comstock-Gay, CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation and McClure Foundation board member, explores the “opportunity gap” in America and, in doing so, he speaks eloquently for the McClure Foundation’s vision for Vermont’s marginalized students and our underemployed adults.

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