Education Notes

Sen. Bernie Sanders to host Vermont college fairs
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold two college fairs for Vermont high school students and their families on Oct. 7 at Lyndon State College and Oct. 14 at Castleton University.

Representatives from Vermont colleges, universities, and certificate and apprenticeship programs will be on hand to describe post-secondary educational opportunities that are available in Vermont.

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation will explain different financial aid options that students may be eligible for, and will help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“At a time when post-secondary education is more important than ever to get a decent-paying job, we must do everything possible to make sure every high school student, who has the desire and ability, has the information they need to further their education and career prospects,” said Sanders, who serves on the Senate education committee.

For both fairs, doors open at 10 a.m.; Sanders will speak at 12:30 p.m.

To RSVP, visit or call 1-800-339-9834.

Science café leadership team seeking applications from teens
Teens interested in science and technology are invited to apply for a position on a leadership team that will design, organize, and host Teens Reaching Youth Science Cafés. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 1, and any student in grades 9-12 is eligible to apply. Students must be willing to travel to Burlington for monthly organizational meetings and cafés.

Potential applicants may request an application form from Lauren Traister, University of Vermont Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact her at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402, before Oct. 1.

TRY Teen Science Cafés provide an opportunity for teens to explore current and cutting-edge science and technology and its relevance to their lives though networking, discussions, and hands-on activities with scientists, engineers, and technology experts. The leadership team is responsible for organizing all aspects of these free, informal cafés.

Involvement on the leadership team provides teens with valuable leadership, communications, and organizational skills through real-life experience. It also helps them build their resumes for college applications and scholarships as well as employment.

Vermont Tech ranked Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report
Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college has been ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2018, in the annual best college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. In the public college category, Vermont Tech ranks 10th in the Northeast region, making it one of the top 15 public colleges in the north for the sixth year in a row. Vermont Tech is one of three Vermont schools to rank in the best Northern regional colleges category and is the top public college in Vermont to be included in the northern regional colleges ranking.

“We’re proud to see Vermont Tech recognized as a top college again by U.S. News & World Report,” said President Patricia Moulton. “Vermont Tech might be a small college, but we produce big outcomes.”

U.S. News & World Report gathers data from each college on 11 indicators of academic excellence to determine the annual rankings.

For additional information about Vermont Tech, visit

Vermont 2016-17 assessment results released
Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe announced statewide results from the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessments, a set of computer adaptive tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics. This was the third year Vermont students, statewide, participated in the Smarter Balanced program.

These tests, which were administered this spring to students in grades three through eight and grade 11, were designed to assess student mastery of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Over time, the results will provide community members, teachers, and parents with an increasingly reliable and accurate snapshot of children’s mastery of these standards, as well as the schools’ progress at improving the performance of our students relative to these standards.

Scores throughout the state declined from last year’s scores; Holcombe said it is a priority of the Department of Education to close the achievement gap.

Individual school data is available on the AOE website:

Youth Environmental Summit set for Nov. 2  in Barre
The Youth Environmental Summit, also known as YES!, is a program for middle and high school students with an interest in environmental issues that is sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension 4-H. It takes place at the Barre Civic Center in Barre on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The summit’s goal is to empower students to be environmental advocates in their schools, homes, and communities through information sharing, networking with environmental professionals and their peers, and hands-on activities.

Students in grades 7-12 may register at The fee is $10. Registration deadline is Oct. 15. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972, ext. 402.

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