Vermont Tech to host first Governor’s Institute of Vermont on Farms, Food, and Your Future

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Feb. 12, 2013

Martha Trombley Oakes
Vermont Technical College
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February 12, 2013 — The Governor’s Institute of Vermont has partnered with Vermont Technical College and Farm to Plate Network to offer a high-quality, accelerated learning Institute for high school students this summer. The weeklong residential Institute on Farms, Food, and Your Future will be held on the College’s Randolph Center Campus during the week of July 28 through August 3.

“Our newest Institute for Vermont teens will provide exciting, in-depth learning focused around the important topic of food systems and sustainability,” said Karen Taylor Mitchell, Executive Director of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont. “Plus, like all the Governor’s Institutes, students will have fun meeting peers from all over Vermont and live and learn on a college campus for a week. This Institute takes advantage of Vermont Technical College’s leadership in agriculture-related education, and we feel it is an outstanding addition to our constellation of programs for motivated young Vermonters.”

The Institute, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is open to students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. In addition to the Farm, Food, and Your Future program at Vermont Tech, institutes will be held at other locations in the areas of Arts, Engineering, Information Technology, Environmental Science and Technology, Mathematics, Asian Cultures, and Current Issues and Youth Activism.

The Governor’s Institutes are designed to be affordable for all Vermont residents. Tuition is flexible and includes need-based assistance. In 2013, students will pay between $10 and $1,850, based on family income, which covers accommodations, meals, faculty, staff, and content. The application process is need-blind.

“We’re thrilled the Governor’s Institute is coming to Vermont Tech,” said Molly Willard, Agriculture Training Specialist and Market Garden Manager at Vermont Tech. “We are already gearing up for an amazing week, in which high school students will explore the science, economics, policy, sociology, and downright yumminess of everything we eat.”

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