Giving with Warm Hands: Our History

When Warren and Lois McClure established the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation in 1995, the longtime philanthropists already had a deep understanding of how community foundations respond to needs over time.

Giving with "warm hands" is a guiding principle for the family's philanthropic work. Read more.

Programs and Resources for Promising Careers

Through this resource, you’ve learned about the highest-paying, highest-growing jobs projected for Vermont. But how, you might ask, does one prepare for these jobs? Below is a list of the Vermont-based training and degree programs that will put you on the right path. Click each program name to learn more (each link opens in a new window or tab). Do you know of a relevant Vermont-based training, credential, or degree program not listed here? Let us know by contacting Carolyn Weir, philanthropic advisor for the McClure Foundation, at cweir@vermontcf.org or 802-388-3355 x239.

We are grateful to our partners at the Vermont Higher Education Council and the Vermont Department of Labor for helping compile these education and training pathways. Additional data and resources are available at the Vermont Department of Labor (vtlmi.info) and at the Vermont Degrees Database (vtcolleges.org/find-your-vt-degree.html).

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I like working with my hands or with machines to make, fix, or build things.

Sheet Metal Workers

School/Organization Program Credential
North Country Career Center Welding and Metal Fabrication HS Degree + Certificate

Carpenters

School/Organization Program Credential
Multiple Career & Technical Education Centers Building Trades & Construction Technology Training and/or Certificate
Vermont Woodworking School Woodworking Training and/or Certificate
ReSOURCE YouthBuild Certificates

CNC Machine Operators

School/Organization Program Credential
North Country Career Center in Newport Mechatronics & Robotics Training and/or Certificate
Center for Technology, Essex Engineering & Mechanical Design -- Part II Training and/or Certificate
SkillTech at the Center for Technology, Essex Fundamentals of CNC Programming (Adults) Training and/or Certificate
Husky Injection Molding Systems Registered Apprenticeships Registered Apprenticeship
Vermont Technical College Being updated Training and/or Certificate

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

School/Organization Program Credential
North Country Career Center STEM & Mechatronics Training and/or Certificate
Vermont Technical College Being updated Training
Vermont Technical College Diesel Power Technology Associate's
Vermont Technical College (Farm) Diesel Engines Mechanics Training

Electrical Power-Line Installers

School/Organization Program Credential
Select employers (Ex. Green Mountain Power) On-the-job Training Training
Vermont Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Registered Apprenticeship

Water Treatment Plant Operators*

School/Organization Program Credential
Secretary of State Office of Professional Regulation Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certification Program HS + Training

Electricians

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Electrical and Plumbing Certificate
SkillTech at the Center for Technology, Essex Facilities Operation Training

Plumbers and Pipefitters

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Electrical and Plumbing Certificate

HVAC Mechanics and Installers

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College HVACR Certified Technician Certificate

Civil,

Electrical,

and Mechanical Engineers

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Associate's
Vermont Technical College Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate's
Vermont Technical College General Engineering Technology Associate's
University of Vermont Civil Engineering Bachelor's
University of Vermont Electrical Engineering Bachelor's
University of Vermont Environmental Engineering Bachelor's
University of Vermont Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's
University of Vermont Engineering Management Bachelor's
University of Vermont BS in Engineering Bachelor's
University of Vermont BA in Engineering Bachelor's
University of Vermont Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's

I like to observe, learn, analyze, and solve problems.

Licensed Practical Nurses

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Practical Nursing Certificate

Massage Therapists

School/Organization Program Credential
Green Mountain Massage School Massage Therapy Certificate
Elements of Healing Massage Therapy Certificate

Computer Support Specialists

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Computer Information Technology Associate's
Vermont Technical College Computer Information Technology Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Consult the VT degrees database Bachelor's

Registered Nurses

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Nursing Associate's
Vermont Technical College Nursing Bachelor's
University of Vermont Nursing Bachelor's
University of Vermont RN to B.S. in Nursing Bachelor's
Castleton University Nursing Bachelor's
Castleton University RN to B.S. in Nursing Bachelor's
Norwich University Nursing Bachelor's

Dental Hygienists

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Dental Hygiene Associate's
Vermont Technical College Dental Hygiene Bachelor's

Computer Systems Experts

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Computer Science Bachelor's

Environmental & Health Scientists

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Environmental Studies Bachelor's
Green Mountain College Environmental Studies Master's
University of Vermont Natural Resources Master's
University of Vermont Natural Resources Doctoral

Nurse Practitioners

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont Doctor of Nursing Practice Doctoral

Speech-Language Pathologist

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont Speech-Language Pathology Pre-Masters Certificate
University of Vermont Communication Sciences and Disorders Bachelor's
University of Vermont Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor
University of Vermont Communication Sciences and Disorders Master's

Physician Assistants

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont Post-Baccalaureate Physician's Assistant Program Master's

Clinical and School Psychologists

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont Clinical Psychology Doctoral
Saint Michael's College Clinical Psychology Master's

Physical Therapists

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont Doctor of Physical Therapy Doctoral

Physician - General Practitioners

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont Medicine Doctoral
University of Vermont Family Medicine Doctoral

Pharmacists

School/Organization Program Credential
Saint Michael's College/Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Vermont Campus Pre-Pharmacy at St. Michael's, Doctor of Pharmacy at ACPHS Vermont Bachelor's/Doctoral
University of Vermont Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy Doctoral

I am organized and detail-oriented and I like to work with lots of information.

Executive Secretaries

School/Organization Program Credential
Various Various High school or equivalent
Community College of Vermont Administrative Management Associate's

Patrol Officers

School/Organization Program Credential
State of VT Criminal Justice Training Council VT Police Academy Certification and Training Program Certificate

Planning Clerks

School/Organization Program Credential
Community College of Vermont Microsoft Office Suite Training Training
Vermont Technical College Microsoft Access Training Certificate

Claims Adjusters

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Deptartment of Financial Regulation Adjuster Licensing and Training License

Accountants and Auditors

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting Bachelor's
University of Vermont Master of Accountancy Master's
Castleton University Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting Bachelor's
Castleton University Accounting Master's
Champlain College Accounting Associate's
Champlain College Accounting Bachelor's
College of St. Joseph Accounting Associate's
College of St. Joseph Accounting Bachelor's
Community College of Vermont Accounting Associate's
Saint Michael's College Accounting Bachelor's
Lyndon State College Accounting Bachelor's
Norwich University Accounting Bachelor's

Compliance Officers

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Finance/Business Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Medical/Biology Bachelor's

Market Research Analysts

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Business Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Computer Science Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Communications Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Psychology Bachelor's

Management Analysts

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Business Bachelor's
Norwich University Master of Business Administration Master's
Green Mountain College Sustainable MBA Master's
University of Vermont Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA Master's
College of St. Joseph Master of Business Administration Master's
Champlain College target="_blank"Master of Business Administration Master's

Personal Financial Advisors

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Finance/Business Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Economics Bachelor's
University of Vermont Data Science Bachelor's

Cost Estimators

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Construction Management Bachelor's
See "Accountants and Auditors" above Accounting Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Economics Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Finance/Business Bachelor's

Editors

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses English Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Journalism Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Mass Communications Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Field Specific Bachelor's

Loan Officers

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Finance/Business Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Economics Bachelor's
See "Accountants and Auditors" above Accounting Bachelor's

Lawyers

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Law School Juris Doctor Doctoral
Vermont Law School Environmental Law and Policy Master's
Vermont Law School Energy Regulation and Law Master's
Vermont Law School Food and Agriculture Law and Policy Master's

I like to work with people and use my creativity to guide or persuade.

Sales Representatives

School/Organization Program Credential
Multiple Career & Technical Education Centers Business & Career Cluster courses HS + Training
Vermont Technical College Sales Training Suite Training
Vermont Technical College Professional Sales Skills Training

Insurance Sales Agents

School/Organization Program Credential
Multiple Career & Technical Education Centers Business & Career Cluster courses HS + Training
Vermont Technical College Sales Training Suite Training
Vermont Technical College Professional Sales Skills Training

Advertising Sales Agents

School/Organization Program Credential
Multiple Career & Technical Education Centers Business & Career Cluster courses HS + Training
Vermont Technical College Sales Training Suite Training
Vermont Technical College Professional Sales Skills Training

Web Developers

School/Organization Program Credential
Vermont Technical College Web Development Certificate
Community College of Vermont Web Site Design Certificate
Community College of Vermont Computer Systems Management Associate's
Vermont Technical College Computer Information Technology Associate's
Vermont Technical College Computer Information Technology Bachelor's
Champlain College Web Development Minor
Champlain College Computer Information Technology Bachelor's
University of Vermont Computer Software Certificate

Teachers

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Early Childhood Education Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Elementary Education Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Secondary Education Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Education Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Education Master's
University of Vermont Art Education Bachelor's
University of Vermont Physical Education Bachelor's
University of Vermont English Learner (ELL) Bachelor's
University of Vermont Special Education Bachelor's
University of Vermont Music Education Bachelor's
University of Vermont Curriculum and Instruction Master's
University of Vermont Early Childhood Special Education Master's
University of Vermont Middle Level Education Master's
University of Vermont Secondary Education Master's
University of Vermont Special Education Master's
Saint Michael's College Teacher of English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) Master's
Champlain College Teacher Apprenticeship Program (already have Bachelor's Certificate

Software Developers

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Computer Science Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Computing Bachelor's
Champlain College Computer Science w/ specialization in Software Engineering Bachelor's
Vermont Technical College Computer Software Engineering Associate's
Vermont Technical College Computer Software Engineering Bachelor's
Vermont Technical College Computer Software Engineering Master's
Vermont Technical College Computer Engineering Technology Associate's
Vermont Technical College Computer Engineering Technology Bachelor's

Purchasing Agents & Buyers

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Business Bachelor's
See "Accountants and Auditors" Accounting Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Field Specific Bachelor's

Human Resources Specialists

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Business Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Field Specific Bachelor's

Public Relations Specialists

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Business/Marketing Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Mass Communications Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses Journalism Bachelor's

Writers and Authors

School/Organization Program Credential
Goddard College Creative Writing Bachelor's
Goddard College Creative Writing Master's
Johnson State College Creative Writing Bachelor's
Southern Vermont College Creative Writing Bachelor's
Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Master's
Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Master's
Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing & Publishing Master's
Bennington College Writing Master's
Available at multiple VT campuses English Bachelor's
Available at multiple VT campuses English Master's
Available at multiple VT campuses Field Specific Bachelor's

Financial Services Sales Agents

School/Organization Program Credential
Available at multiple VT campuses Business/Finance Bachelor's

School and Vocational Counselors

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont School Counseling Master's
University of Vermont Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's
Johnson State College Counseling Master's
Goddard College MA in Education w/ Licensure in School Counseling Master's

Healthcare Social Workers

School/Organization Program Credential
University of Vermont Social Work Master's