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Vermont Department of Labor Announces Grant Recipients for the 2023 Work-Based Learning and Training Program

December 12, 2023


Contact: Rowan Hawthorne
Office of the Commissioner
(802) 272-4341

Montpelier, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) announces the 2023 Work-Based Learning and Training grants, a total sum of approximately $500,000, to diverse organizations across the state. These grants underline VDOL's commitment to enhancing Vermont's workforce by providing students and job seekers with the requisite skills and experience for professional success.

Supported by the VDOL's statewide Work-Based Learning and Training Program, these grants help schools, colleges, and businesses facilitate the transition of secondary and postsecondary students to the workforce. Emphasizing paid, on-the-job work experience of 12 weeks or less, the program also aims to connect employers to future workers and increase the number of college students who decide to stay in Vermont after graduation.

The grant recipients for this year are:

  • Community College of Vermont (CCV)
  • Burlington Electric Department
  • Casella Construction Inc.
  • Catamount Film & Arts Co.
  • Cathedral Square Corporation
  • Centers for Living and Rehabilitation
  • Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region
  • Coe + Coe Architecture
  • Commando, LLC
  • Girl Develop It
  • Keene Perspectives, PLLC
  • Ledgenear Farm, LLC
  • Mack Molding Company
  • ONE Arts
  • Parent-Child Center of Rutland County
  • Reconciled It, Inc.
  • The Media Factory
  • Town of Bennington Rescue Squad, Inc.
  • UVM Medical Center

The awards support work experiences across diverse sectors and employer sizes and support paid internships and paid returnships for older workers looking to get back into the workforce or change careers. The programs supported provide participants with real-life work experiences in high demand in sectors like healthcare, manufacturing, and IT.

"These grants signify our dedication to supporting and enhancing the connection between transitioning students and the workforce," said Jay Ramsey, Director of Workforce Development at VDOL. "Through these investments, and investments that will be announced in early 2024, we're giving more young people a reason to stay in Vermont and creating opportunities for older workers to continue to be engaged in the workforce."

For additional information on Grant Opportunities available through the Vermont Department of Labor, visit

For more information, contact Rowan Hawthorne at or visit the Department of Labor website at