UVM announces free career-building courses for Vermonters

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UVM announces free career-building courses for Vermonters

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:43pm -- tim


$1 million state grant to help Vermonters gain, enhance professional skills

Vermont Business Magazine Thanks to a second year of funding from the state, Vermont residents seeking to build new skills to advance or change their career can take up to two free courses at the University of Vermont beginning this summer. The university’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) division will coordinate the courses, which focus on sectors that are growing faster than the workforce they need to thrive. 

“Continuing this innovative partnership with the state is a priority for the university,” said UVM President Suresh Garimella. “Vermont businesses are looking for employees with knowledge and skills in healthcare, technology, and other areas of growth in the state. This year, Upskill will help hundreds more Vermonters move forward in their careers, at no cost to them or their employers.”

The free educational opportunities, including non-credit certificate programs and courses that earn college credit, will help Vermonters compete successfully in today’s job market. Last year, 453 Vermonters took courses or certificate programs through the Upskill Vermont Scholarship Program, including residents of Vermont’s 14 counties.

“Upskill is an outstanding opportunity for Vermonters eager to get started in the job market, enhance skills, or change careers entirely,” said PACE Chief Officer Jill Irvine. “Providing access in this way for all Vermonters to further their education in pursuit of their professional goals is imperative for the state’s economy. The commitment of the legislature and the governor to this program is key to this partnership and allows UVM to meet our mission more fully as a land grant institution.” 

All Vermont residents, including those who took part in Upskill Vermont last year, can take up to two free courses between July 1 and December 31, 2022. Vermonters interested in taking a college credit course will need to pre-register to secure a UVM student ID. The application for credit courses and student ID is available online at upskillvermont.org

Vermonters who want to complete an online professional certificate program can explore PACE’s offerings available now. More information is available by signing up to receive email updates, including when specific courses are open for registration. Registration is expected to open July 1, 2022.

Certificates are available in:

●      Artisan Cheese & Sensory Fundamentals Professional Certificate

●      Business of Craft Beer Certificate

●      Digital Marketing Fundamentals Certificate

●      Geographic Information Systems and Data Communication Professional Certificate 

●      Project Management Professional Certificate 

●      Unoccupied Aircraft System (UAS)/Drone Workshop

●      Building Healthy Brains 

●      Cannabis Science and Medicine Professional Certificate 

●      Companion Animal End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate 

●      End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate 

●      Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate  

●      Professional Certificate in Cannabis Plant Biology

Credit Courses include: 

●      Career Pathways into Teaching

●      Certificate in Cybersecurity

●      Certificate in Gerontology

●      Certificate in Integrative Healthcare

●      Computer Software Certification

●      Educational Technology Online Sequence

●      Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate 

●      Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program

●      Post-Baccalaureate Speech Language Pathology Certificates

●      Professional Development Courses for Education and Social Services

●      Resiliency-based & Trauma-Informed Practices

Course registrations open on July 1 and can be found at upskillvermont.org

About PACE

UVM Professional and Continuing Education helps students of all ages and stages of life continue their education. Through collaborations with UVM’s various colleges and schools and professional development opportunities with industry experts and practitioners, UVM PACE offers courses and programs that meet the demands of today’s busy lifestyles. See the full course and program selection at learn.uvm.edu 

About the University of Vermont

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. UVM’s strengths align with the most pressing needs of our time: the health of our societies and the health of our environment. Our size—large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet intimate enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study—allows us to pursue these interconnected issues through cross-disciplinary research and collaboration. Providing an unparalleled educational experience for our students, and ensuring their success, are at the core of what we do. As one of the nation’s first land grant universities, UVM advances Vermont and the broader society through the discovery and application of new knowledge.

UVM is derived from the Latin Universitas Viridis Montis (in English, University of the Green Mountains).

BURLINGTON, Vt. — UVM 5.24.2022