Rutland County’s college students are preparing to join the workforce and we want them to find their start in our region. This month, the REDC team presented to College of St. Joseph students about the diverse career opportunities available to them right here in Rutland County.
In the room of 50 students, about 15 were from Vermont and the majority were living in Vermont for the first time. Assistant Director Kim Rupe and Outreach Coordinator Erin Anderson presented on career opportunities in the region, to dispel the “no jobs in Vermont” myth. Many students were aware of the career opportunities in Rutland County that they were preparing to pursue upon graduation, including CDL driver, game warden, nurse, medical technician, mechanic, construction management, and others.
When asked why the students chose Vermont, the answers were overwhelmingly focused on lifestyle choices. Students mentioned fishing, skiing, farmers markets, hiking, canoeing, and community. Many students had experienced this community through their college as well as the Rutland Young Professionals (RYP). The students felt confident that their school and RYP community could be used to help them network and find a career opportunity in the region.
The REDC team shared some samples of jobs on the REDC online career hub, which features positions that must meet or exceed the Vermont living wage. With over 75 current listings, students saw opportunities that matched their interests and degrees including positions with Rutland Regional Medical Center, Casella Construction, and Heritage Family Credit Union. We are excited to see the next class of College of St. Joseph students join the Rutland County workforce.