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College of St. Joseph seeking community feedback about its future


3 GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR BEING HERE I’M LAUREN MALONEY… GLENN AND I’M GLENN CASSIE. 3 GLENN SEVERAL SMALL, PRIVATE VERMONT COLLEGES MADE NATIONAL HEADLINES THIS YEAR, BY HOLDING COMMENCEMENT FOR THE FINAL TIME.LAUREN BUT ONE OF THOSE SCHOOLS IS LOOKING INTO A NEW FUTURE FOR ITSELF. LOCAL 22’S MIKE HOEY HAS THE STORY FROM RUTLAND.MIKE THE COLLEGE OF SAINT JOSEPH IN RUTLAND NO LONGER HAS THE ABILITY TO AWARD ASSOCIATE’S, BACHELOR’S AND MASTER’S DEGREES. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S CLOSED, OR CLOSING. 3 THE COLLEGE OF SAINT JOSEPH HAS LOST ITS ACCREDITATION… SO ITS 2019 COMMENCEMENT WILL BE ITS LAST.BUT THE SLOGAN VISIBLE ON CAMPUS SIGNS… ‘SMALL WONDER — BIG IDEAS’… HINTS AT ITS FUTURE.IT’S STARTING TO WORK WITH ‘VERMONT INNOVATION COMMONS’…A BURLINGTON COMPANY THAT CALLS ITSELF ‘A LAUNCHING PAD FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND INNOVATORS’. Dr. Jennifer Scott”We want to capitalize on what CSJ is known for, and that is our educational public purpose. When we connected with Vermont Innovation Commons and realized that we have a very shared vision and shared goals for the state of Vermont, it made sense for us to come together.”THEY’RE PERFORMING A FEASIBILITY STUDY.BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF SEPTEMBER, THEY’RE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT PROGRAMS WOULD BE THE MOST HELPFUL TO DEVELOP ENTREPRENEURS…AND WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO BRING THOSE PROGRAMS TO C-S-J.DOZENS OF PEOPLE FROM THE RUTLAND AREA VISITED THE CAMPUS WEDNESDAY EVENING…FOR AN OPEN HOUSE ABOUT THE FEASIBILITY STUDY. Dennis Moynihan”One thing that’s very important is Rutland, like several other communities in Vermont, is in an opportunity zone, which allows us to attract national investment for Vermont startups.”Mike Hoey”Here at the College of St. Joseph, they plan to survive by offering services tailored to a 21st-century economy that not only the Rutland area, but the entire state of Vermont, may be lacking.””It’s an educational mission, workforce development, but it’s also acceleration programs for startups. It’s incubation. It’s to create co-working space, offices for small companies.”BESIDES PROGRAMS FOR STARTUPS, THE COLLEGE IS ALSO PLANNING TO HOST TRAINING AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS…TO DEVELOP THEIR EXPERTISE IN FIELDS IN WHICH THEY’RE ALREADY WORKING.”When we look at the prospects and the potential of a project like this, we and our supporters think this could be an economic driver for the city of Rutland and the state of Vermont for years to come.” (MH, LOCAL 22/44 NEWS, RUTLAND.) 3 MIKE GREEN MOUNTAIN COLLEGE IN POULTNEY, AND SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE IN BENNINGTON, ALSO AWARDED DEGREES IN MAY FOR THE FINAL TIME. THOSE TWO SCHOOLS HAVE SHUT DOWN ENTIRELY. IF YOU’RE IN THE RUTLAND AREA AND YOU HAVE IDEAS OF WHAT C-S-J CAN DO IN THE FUTURE… WE’LL HAVE A LINK TONIGHT ON OUR WEBSITE, MYCHAMPLAINVALLEY.COM. MH, LOCAL 22 NEWS. [email protected] 3 LAUREN ANOTHER VERMONT LOT IS ALSO GETTING A NEW LOOK. A GROUP OF PEOPLE INCLUDING VERMONT GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT AND CONGRESSMAN PETER WELCH

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