Vermont Technical College

Coordinates: 43°56′19″N 72°36′17″W / 43.93861°N 72.60472°W / 43.93861; -72.60472

Vermont Technical College is a public technical college in Vermont with its main campuses in Randolph Center, Williston, and Norwich. In addition, there are regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and nursing campuses in six locations throughout the state.

Vermont Technical College
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TypePublic technical college
Established1866
ChancellorJeb Spaulding
PresidentPatricia Moulton
Administrative staff
100
Students1,453
Location, ,
United States
CampusRural: 554 acres (2.24 km2)
AthleticsYankee Small College Conference - Green Knights
Websitewww.vtc.edu
The administration building at Vermont Technical College's Randolph Center campus

The school is a part of the Vermont State Colleges, a consortium of Vermont's four public colleges, governed by a common board of trustees, chancellor and Council of Presidents, each college with its own president and deans. Total enrollment is approximately 1,650, the average class size is 14, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.[1]

In April 2020, Vermont State Colleges floated a proposal to close the Vermont Technical College residential campus in Randolph as well as Northern Vermont University (see below). [2]

AcademicsEdit

VTC offers master's, bachelor's and associate degrees.

AthleticsEdit

The college is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) in the Yankee Small College Conference. From 2006 to 2011, Vermont Tech was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and played within the Sunrise Conference.[3][4] The Knights currently sponsor men's and women's basketball, cross country, soccer and golf.

Student radio stationEdit

WVTC, Vermont Tech's 300-watt fully licensed radio station, broadcasts online and locally at 90.7FM.

CubeSat LabEdit

The Vermont Tech CubeSat Lab launched its first satellite, the Vermont Lunar CubeSat, a 1U CubeSat on November 19, 2013, and was fully functional until reentry on November 21, 2015. It is still the only successful university satellite from a college or university in New England or the east coast of the U.S. They are now working on the flight software for Lunar IceCube which has a ride to the moon on NASA's Space Launch System.

HistoryEdit

In 1806, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a law creating the Orange County Grammar School in Randolph.[5] The school provided education through the high school grades and by the 1850s its state mandate had expanded to include training of schoolteachers.[6] In 1866, Edward Conant, the principal of the Orange County Grammar School, expanded its course offerings to make it a full-fledged normal school for the education and training of teachers.[6] Later that year the Vermont General Assembly passed legislation making the change official, and the school became the Randolph Normal School.[6]

In 1910, the Randolph Normal School was selected by the legislature as the location for the Vermont School of Agriculture.[7][8] In 1957, technical courses were added to the curriculum, and the Vermont School of Agriculture was renamed the Vermont Agriculture and Technical Institute (VATI).[7][8] In 1962, VATI was authorized by the state to award associate degrees and became Vermont Technical College (VTC).[7][8] VTC began awarding bachelor's degrees in 1993 and master's degrees in 2015.[8]

For many years, the Vermont public colleges have experienced financial stress and chronic underfunding. Exacerbated by COVID-19, in April 2020, Vermont State Colleges system Chancellor Jeb Spaulding recommended closing the Vermont Technical College residential campus in Randolph as well as all operations/campuses of Northern Vermont University. Under the proposal, some of the Vermont Tech academic programs would be consolidated in Williston.[9]

Notable alumni, faculty, and administratorsEdit

AlumniEdit

Faculty and administratorsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Why Vermont Tech?". vtc.edu. 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ Jane Lindholm; Matthew F. Smith; Abagael Giles (April 20, 2020). Vermont Public Radio https://www.vpr.org/post/chancellor-jeb-spaulding-his-proposal-close-three-state-college-campuses. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Mahoney, Larry (June 17, 2011). "UMFK, UMPI, UMM leave NAIA for new association". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 11, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Thompson, Zadock (1824). A Gazetteer of the State of Vermont. Montpelier, VT: E. P. Walton. p. 225.
  6. ^ a b c Harris, W. T. (1900). Circular of Information of the Bureau of Education No. 4: History of Education in Vermont. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office. pp. 204–205.
  7. ^ a b c Praeger (2010). American Universities and Colleges. 2. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 1370. ISBN 978-0-313-36611-6.
  8. ^ a b c d "Time To Celebrate: VTC Turns 150 in November". Herald of Randolph. Randolph, VT. September 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Jane Lindholm; Matthew F. Smith; Abagael Giles (April 20, 2020). Vermont Public Radio https://www.vpr.org/post/chancellor-jeb-spaulding-his-proposal-close-three-state-college-campuses. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Charles Adams, Retired State Supreme Court Justice, Dies". Rutland Herald. Rutland, VT. February 7, 1961. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Biography, Harry H. Cooley" (PDF). Secretary of State Harry H. Cooley Papers. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Secretary of State. Vermont State Archives. p. 1.
  12. ^ "Demise of Alexander Dunnett". The Evening Argus. Montpelier, VT. September 15, 1920. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Vermont Senate (2015). "Biography, Senator Norm McAllister". legislature.vermont.gov. Montpelier, VT: Vermont General Assembly.
  14. ^ Vermont Senate (2017). "Biography, Senator Robert A. Starr". legislature.vermont.gov. Montpelier, VT: Vermont General Assembly.
  15. ^ Brown, Tom (July 1, 2013). "Randolph lawmaker Larry Townsend dies at 66". VT Digger. Montpelier, VT.
  16. ^ "Commentator Biography, Cary Brown". VPR.org. Colchester, VT: Vermont Public Radio. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  17. ^ Ullery, Jacob G. (1894). Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont. Brattleboro, VT: Transcript Publishing Company. pp. 243–244.
  18. ^ a b Dobbs, Taylor (September 24, 2014). "Jeb Spaulding Named State Colleges Chancellor". Vermont Public Radio. Colchester, VT.

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