Release: Federal Support for Older Vermont Workers

WASHINGTON, July 30 – Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today announced $1 million in federal funding for vocational training and education for Vermont seniors. 

The federal grant will establish four “mature worker resource centers” with the aim of helping 200 workers 55 years old or older keep their jobs or find new ones.

Vermont’s population is the second-oldest in New England. The program will develop new strategies to focus on the needs of employers and the opportunities presented by the aging workforce.  In addition, older entrepreneurs will be offered training through Champlain College.

The U.S. Department of Labor funding will help older Vermont workers learn about Web services and training, and help them better understand e-mail and the Internet. 

Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  Sanders is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  Welch is member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.