VP Biden calls Vermont HITEC a "model that works" during National Governor's Association meeting
For a nonprofit from the small state of Vermont, Vermont HITEC has attracted some high level attention lately that started with their participation in a series of roundtables organized by the U.S. Department of Labor in June and culminated with an invitation to participate in the White House Summit on American Apprenticeships held in Washington DC on July 14. Vice President Biden even mentioned Vermont HITEC calling it a "model that works" during his remarks at the summer National Governor's Association Meeting.
Vermont HITEC, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Labor, works with regional businesses that have immediate job openings to recruit candidates and develop curriculum for apprenticeship programs that guarantee employment for successful graduates.
"It was an honor to attend the White House Summit with some of our business partners and share their success stories," said Gerry Ghazi, president of Vermont HITEC. "Our goal is to connect ready-to-work Vermonters with ready-to-be-filled jobs in high growth fields and industries that traditionally don't use an apprenticeship model...we've proven this model works and that's the type of program Congress and the President are looking for to strengthen our economy and our workforce."
For the past 14 years, Vermont HITEC has worked with 27 employers to develop apprenticeship programs in non-traditional fields-like information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing-resulting in the creation of 1,132 quality jobs. Its business partners have included organizations like Dealer.com, Allscripts, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Husky, Hypertherm, and others.
President Obama hopes to double the number of U.S. apprenticeships in the next five years and expand apprenticeships in new fields and high growth industries. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation recently passed by Congress (and signed by President Obama today) contains $100 million in American Apprenticeship Grants for organizations working to advance apprenticeships. Vermont HITEC President Gerry Ghazi attended today's WIOA bill signing at the White House.