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Vermont Tech to go solar

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 5:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College will further its use of renewable energy and help reduce its operating costs while providing the institution new educational opportunities with the installation of a 500kW solar farm. This month, the 500kW project was awarded its Certificate of Public Good by the Vermont Public Service Board, green-lighting the project to begin construction immediately.  It is scheduled to be complete by February.

Norwich University to offer Master of Arts in International Relations online

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is now welcoming students into the new online Master of Arts in International Relations program. The first cohort is set to begin classes in March 2016. The international relations program adds to Norwich’s global footprint – bringing together students from a variety of backgrounds and industries to blend real-world practice into the curriculum.

Burlington Electric’s 100 percent renewability accomplishment featured internationally

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 4:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department (BED) and its 100 percent renewably-sourced power accomplishment  have been featured internationally in connection with the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Broadcasts in France, Canada, and the United States have aired over the past week, and one in South Korea aired this past summer.

The media coverage included productions by the following media brands:

Kiplinger names Saint Michael’s College a 2016 ‘Best College Value’

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 3:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. Introduced in 1998, the rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition, Kiplinger has ranked the top 100 best values in each category. Saint Michael’s made the magazine’s list of “100 best values in private universities.”

Vermont Small Business Training Center launches

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 2:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The newly launched Vermont Small Business Training Center ( provides inexpensive, online, globally accessible, practical training modules that emphasize a philosophy and practices that highlight operational opportunities feasible only for small businesses. These competitively significant practices are unworkable in large corporations and thus are ignored by normal business training courses.

Saint Michael’s College adjuncts ratify first union contract

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:28pm -- tim

Contract Includes 10%-15% Wage Increase, Professional Development Fund, Improved Job Security

Vermont Business Magazine Adjunct faculty at St Michael’s College voted to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement between their union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 200United, and the Saint Michael’s Administration. Over a year ago, adjuncts at Saint Michael’s - along with their colleagues at Burlington and Champlain Colleges - voted overwhelmingly to join SEIU in order to address the growing crisis in higher education, which includes decreasing faculty salaries and rapidly increasing student debt and tuition prices. Today’s ratification is the first collective bargaining agreement reached at a private college in the Burlington region.

Capitol Grounds introduces 'Bernie’s Beans,' Veterans Fund to benefit

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 9:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Capitol Grounds Café and Roastery today announced a new, special edition coffee called Bernie’s Beans, named after Vermont’s U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The coffee is a Central American Arabica roasted at a full city plus, and is being sold in one-pound bags with the likeness of Sanders on the label, a drawing by local artist and bookseller Rick Powell. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Vermont Veterans Fund. 

Governor Peter Shumlin and partner Katie Hunt marry

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 9:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin and his longtime partner, Katie Hunt, were married Tuesday night at a small ceremony at their home in East Montpelier, Vermont. The couple were married by the governor’s sister-in-law, Evie Lovett. Attending the ceremony were the Governor’s two daughters, Olivia and Becca, as well as the governor’s brother, Jeff Shumlin.  

The governor and Vermont’s first lady stated: 

“We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful partnership and to be able to spend the rest of our lives together.”

GMP launches 'Clean Power, Cleaner Lake' to reduce phosphorus in St Albans Bay

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 5:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power was joined today with Franklin County leaders and champions of Lake Champlain to announce an innovative new project called Clean Power, Cleaner Lake. The program is the most substantive effort launched in the Lake Champlain basin to reduce phosphorous while generating electricity. Working with area dairy farms, this effort will significantly reduce phosphorus runoff while generating clean, local baseload power.

Champlain College study finds well-trained teachers key to financially literate high school students

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A study released today by Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy (CFL) shows that the financial literacy skills of high school students improved dramatically when they were taught by teachers who received specialized training in a graduate-level course on how to teach personal finance to teenagers.