VSAC President and CEO Scott Giles speaks as part of the launch of 70x2025vt, an education and economic development initiative. L-R 70x2025vt Director Tom Cheney, PC Construction Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jay Fayette, Governor Phil Scott, and Scott Giles.

Governor Launches Education and Training Initiative

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Thursday November 02, 2017

Governor Phil Scott announced the launch of 70x2025vt October 24 at PC Construction headquarters in South Burlington last week. An education and economic development initiative, 70x2025vt is a partnership between Vermont’s leaders in education, business, nonprofits, philanthropy, and local, state and federal government intended to build commitment to a common goal which is to have70 percent of Vermonters hold a training or education credential by the year 2025.

“As part of my ‘cradle to career’ focus on education and training, we owe it to Vermonters to provide the pathways necessary to develop the skills to be successful at work, at home, and in the community,” Governor Scott said, adding, “70x2025 is a big goal, but one I believe that we can reach by working together and using Vermont’s power of cooperation, collective wisdom and action. My administration is, and will be, fully engaged in this effort.”

According to research from Georgetown University, nearly seven in 10 of the “high-pay, high-demand” jobs to be created in the next decade will require some level of education and training after high school. In Vermont, 70x2025vt will establish the statewide platform to serve as a clearinghouse to connect and coordinate existing and future efforts contributing to the goal.

“This is not a question of if, but of how and when,” said Scott Giles, president and CEO of VSAC, home to 70x2025vt. “A high school diploma just isn’t enough anymore. Our attention must be on helping all Vermonters take the steps to better careers and opportunities for themselves and Vermont. And we know the benefits to Vermont are more than just economic - more education and training leads to more active civic engagement in our local communities.”

Construction, trades and medical occupations are among the most-immediate, high-need industries for skilled Vermonters.

“Like many Vermont employers, PC Construction is hiring for well-paying jobs and we are on the hunt to find the skilled workers to fill them,” said Jay Fayette, executive vice president and chief operating officer. PC Construction is an employee-owned, multi-state, general contracting, construction management and design-build service firm headquartered in Vermont with over 1,000 employee-owners spanning the East Coast from Maine to Florida.

“As a lifelong Vermonter and graduate of Vermont Technical College, I believe in the excellent schools and training programs our state has to offer,” said Fayette. “For me, and PC Construction, joining in the 70x2025vt initiative is a ‘no brainer’ to make sure that Vermont is developing a talent pool that can meet the demands of our state and global economy.”

For more information, visit www.70x2025vt.org.