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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.

This gap is the reason the McClure Foundation focuses on promoting equitable access to post-secondary education for low-income students, first-generation college students, adult learners, and veterans – and why we recently granted $369,100 to programs promoting college and career education for Vermonters during the 2015-2016 school year.

Funding priority this year was given to programs promoting implementation of recent Vermont legislation related to workforce development and access to post-secondary education.  For example, the McClure Foundation’s largest grants will support the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) in providing professional development for educators on the newly-required Personalized Learning Plans for students, an opportunity for students to begin career exploration and skill development before they finish high school.

We’re also proud to continue our partnership with the Community College of Vermont (CCV).  This year, we’ll support CCV’s effort to embed career advising into its tutoring centers, creating full-service Learning and Career Centers. And the Foundation continues to fund targeted support for military veterans as well as CCV’s Introduction to College Studies (ICS) course for Vermont high school students.

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