Vermont has over 26 post-secondary institutions, of which 10 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, two are public four-year colleges or universities and one is public community or technical college and seven are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 45 online certificate programs, 412 online associate programs, 1,532 online bachelor’s programs, 489 online master’s programs, 549 online professional programs, and 60 online doctoral programs. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as business administration, advanced nursing, and entrepreneurship.
As of March 2013, Vermont boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation: 4 percent, which is roughly half the national average. However, Vermont has a very small workforce in comparison to many other states. Nonfarm businesses employ just 306,000 people, and the workforce has grown only 1.7 percent in the last year. In the current job climate, technology jobs show a steady upward progression, with jobs in the software development, network, and computer systems administration fields showing as much as a 21 percent growth. Outside service and hospitality, the trade, transportation and utility fields have grown at a rate of 2.7 percent over the last year.
The average wage of Vermont employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the US. In the U.S., workers earn an estimated $42,871 per year. However, in Vermont, workers earn an estimated $42,030 per year. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $73,120 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $19,290 annually. The median annual income for employees is around $33,220. The highest paid employees are anesthesiologists who can earn up to $245,280 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are pressers who can earn as little as $19,170 per year. In the nation, anesthesiologists earn an average income of $220,100 per year. On the other hand, pressers in the nation earn an average yearly income of $20,480.
Based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program, tuition for online college courses may vary. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in Vermont was $9,495 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $4,920 per year. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $17,900 to $40,280.
Online schools in Vermont receive their school accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). The NEASC is the largest accrediting agency in the region and one of the oldest such bodies in the country. Some schools may also be accredited by certain branches of the NEASC, so check out the fine print of each school’s accreditation status. For example, Norwich College receives its accreditation through the NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Look for school accreditation from one or both of these agencies when applying to an online school in Vermont.
Distance Learning Resources
- Vermont State Libraries are free to all Vermonters with a valid library card, local libraries can be an invaluable source of scholarly journals and articles for your studies.
- Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a nonprofit agency that helps students in Vermont plan their academic future. The VSAC provides grants, loans, and career planning along with general information about starting or restarting your college experience.
- Vermont’s Economy at a Glance shows numbers of employees, percentages of growth, and the strength of various industries in Vermont. Use this to gauge which degree has the brightest economic future after you graduate.
- Vermont Adult Education & Literacy Program helps adults complete their diplomas and prepare themselves for both the workforce and for higher education.
- New England Equity Assistance Center assists students and organizations to ensure that everyone, regardless of ethnicity, creed or background, has equal access to a quality education.
Named from the French for “green mountain”, Vermont is located in the Northeast region of the United States. The 7th smallest state in the country, it has an area of 9,616 square miles. Approximately 44°F is Vermont’s average annual temperature.
Of the states in the country, Vermont has the 3rd smallest population. It has 14 counties with a reported population of 625,741 residents. An estimated 37 percent of those living in Vermont are less than 30 years old. Additionally, it has one of the least diverse populations in the nation with about 6 percent of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
The capital city of Vermont is Montpelier. However, with a population of 42,417 residents, Burlington is the state’s largest city. An estimated 14.75 percent of the state’s residents live in the Burlington metropolitan area. Some of the other populous cities in Vermont include South Burlington, Rutland, Bennington, and Montpelier.
Vermont residents normally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the US. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 21.7 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 7.2 percent have at least an associate degree, 6.4 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.