The survey results are in from the annual Sophomore Summit! Each fall, the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board (RRWIB), Heritage Family Credit Union, and local organizations come together with 450 area high school students for a day of career preparation, next step planning, and budgeting for life after high school. This year, students were asked the same questions before and after the event to measure the immediate impact of the summit. The questions centered around the students’ perception of career opportunities in the area, and the overall desirability of remaining in the region after graduation. The results were a positive testament not only to the effectiveness of the day for the students’ education but also for their confidence in Rutland County.
After the summit, the survey results indicated that students’ positive perception of Rutland County went up in many categories. When asked if they planned to move out of Rutland County, there was a 7% drop in those who indicated that they were interested in leaving in the final survey compared to the survey completed at the beginning of the event. Similarly, there was a 7% drop in students who said they were planning on leaving Vermont. The survey also found that after the summit, there was a 9% increase in students who noted that they would eventually return to Rutland to live. Students also found that they have career opportunities available to them in Vermont and there was a 6% increase in students who believe they can build a career here. Overall, there was a 4% increase in students who agreed with the statement “Rutland County is a great place to live.”
The RRWIB is working with students during their transformative high school years where big decisions about the future start being made and have done a great job educating students on real-world scenarios. We will keep encouraging area students to explore their local options and the positive perceptions of Rutland County will continue.