New fund pays students to take more college courses in early childhood education

The program encourages students to graduate early and join the workforce.

Vermont Business Magazine Students pursuing a certificate or degree in early childhood education can be paid to increase the number of college courses they take and graduate earlier. A partnership between the Community College of Vermont (CCV) and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) uses funds secured by the Vermont federal congressional delegation to pay students while they attend college courses.

Many students pursuing a career in early childhood education, also known as childcare, attend classes while holding a full-time or part-time job.

The need for income to cover living expenses can affect a student’s ability to complete a full course load and increase the time until they receive their certificate or degree. The new Early Childhood Education (ECE) residency program pays students $3,500 if the student reduces hours and takes more classes.

“The residency program is an excellent opportunity for students pursuing a degree or certificate in early childhood education at CCV,” said Leslie Johnson, associate academic dean at CCV. “Our students lead rich and busy lives, balancing family, work and career, on top of the courses they take in college. The residency program funds offer a way to alleviate some of the competing demands our students face and will support them in accelerating their progress towards becoming a professional in the field of early childhood education.”

The Early Childhood Education Residency Program is accepting applications for the spring semester at CCV. The student must be a Vermont resident, be enrolled in a CCV certificate or degree program in early childhood education, have completed at least 2 courses at CCV (not exclusive to ECE classes), have completed all financial assistance forms, and have their course boosted agree enrollment. Students considering applying to the program should discuss the opportunity with their CCV Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor. Residence allowances are intended to help finance living expenses during the more intensive academic semester.

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Paying students to graduate faster in areas with critical labor shortages could be a model for tackling the national labor shortage.

“There are community colleges across the country where students are balancing work and academics, slowing progress toward a degree,” said James Trimarchi, director of planning at SVMC. “A semester or two of paying for living expenses while redirecting effort to academics would significantly reduce the time to graduation and significantly increase the number of skilled workers in the workforce.”

The residency program has limited funds and determines funding on an ongoing basis. The application deadline is December 15, 2022. The two-page application is easy and should take less than 20 minutes. The program provides for the funding of 8-10 residents. For more information and to receive an application, contact James Trimarchi at [email protected] Spring courses at CCV begin January 23, 2023. To learn more, visit

About CCV:

CCV is the second largest college in Vermont, serving nearly 10,000 students each year. With 12 campuses and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access our college and certificate programs, workforce, graduate and postgraduate education, and academic and veteran support services.

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, world-class healthcare system that provides exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and northern Berkshire Counties in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialist practices.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care is among the most acclaimed small rural health care systems in the nation. It received the American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Hospital Leadership Award. Additionally, SVMC was ranked fourth nationally in the 2020 Lown Institute Hospital Index for the value of the care it provides and has received five-time Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing. The healthcare system is fortunate to have the support of platinum corporate sponsor Mack, a leading provider of contract manufacturing services and injection molded plastic parts based in Arlington, VT.

12.8.2022. BENNINGTON, VT – December 8, 2022 – Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

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