Governor Peter Shumlin visited Stafford Technical Center Monday morning to promote dual enrollment across the state.
Shumlin said an expansion of this program will increase the number of skilled workers and help get more Vermont students into college. The proposed plan will allow high school juniors and seniors to earn college level credits for free. This program is already used at the center, where some students have already completed an entire year of college credits.
"It means money following the student and giving kids more choices. Because in this world of technology and innovation in education, we have got to make sure we are getting them the science, the math, the technology, the engineering and the job skills that they need to succeed," Shumlin said.
The program will be financed with $800,000 of state funding over two years. After that, the schools and local municipalities must cover the rest. Vermont Tech, Vermont State College and the University of Vermont have all agreed to accept credits from high schools. The governor said the Stafford Tech program is how Vermont should be approaching education on a statewide level.