To achieve our goal, we need over 30,000 more Vermonters to earn a college degree or credential of value by 2025. Achieving this will require doubling the current number of Vermonters earning college degrees and credentials each year. If Vermont takes no action, current demographic declines and college enrollment trends will lead to a net loss of 6,664 working-age Vermonters with a degree or credential of value by the year 2025. The greatest opportunity for Vermont is to address the needs of working-age Vermonters with some college education but no degree or credential of value, and the needs of Vermont high school students who are low-income or the first in their families to attend college.
Why this goal?
70x2025VT.org is a collective action organization intended to sustain cross-sector connections and specific action projects to increase the number of working-age Vermonters with a degree or credential of value to 70% by 2025 .
70x2025VT.org was created as an outcome of a yearlong Strategy Labs State Policy Academy grant funded by the Lumina Foundation.
The 70x2025VT.org partnership is based at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). VSAC was created by the Vermont legislature in 1965 as a public non-profit and instrumentality of the state to ensure that all Vermonters have access to the information and financial resources they need to pursue their education goals beyond high school.