In June 2017, 70x2025vt, held the inaugural meeting of its leadership as the Windham Foundation’s 36th Grafton Conference. The conference, hosted by the Grafton Inn, carried on the long tradition of providing the setting and resources for decision makers and leaders to debate topics, formulate policies, and offer recommendations that will make a positive impact on Vermonters’ lives and livelihoods.
The two-day event, Increasing the Economic and Civic Vitality of Our State: Ensuring 70 Percent of Vermonters Possess a Degree or Credential by 2025, examined the urgent need for Vermont to find the means and methods to encourage our citizens — both youth and adult— to advance beyond high school to better prepare for their roles in the economy and in society.
The goal of the 36th Grafton Conference was to identify the major objectives of 70x2025vt and to formulate a strategy for ensuring that by 2025, 70 percent of Vermonters will possess a postsecondary degree or credential of value. This report aims to capture the discussion and deliberations of the Council at the Conference and to present its vision for increasing the economic and civic vitality of Vermont through educational attainment.