Burlington-based 1% for the Planet, one of the world’s largest environmental networks, is excited to announce that Kate Williams, the network’s Director of Partnerships, will step into the role of CEO, effective May 1, 2015.
Champlain College today announced that it has formed an alliance with the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to bring its online programs to the Federal government's more than two million employees. Through truED, federal employees, their spouses and legal adult dependents will pay up to 70 percent less than standard tuition rates for the College's online programs and can make monthly tuition payments under Champlain College's unique payment model.
Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies has launched its third online degree completion program, the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security. The program is set to begin its first trimester in the fall. “Norwich is a leader in information assurance and security education and has a nearly 200 year legacy of training leaders in the government, military, and private-sector,” said William Clements, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has formally adopted the regulations implementing Act 120, the law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering (aka, genetically modified or GMO). The new rule is Consumer Protection Rule CP 121.
For the second year in a row, Efficiency Vermont is launching a grant program for non-profit organizations to help low-income Vermonters reduce their energy bills. The grant program was first launched in January 2014 with participation from the Committee on Temporary Shelter, Energy Coop of Vermont, Onion River Exchange, and Capstone Community Action.
Protesting a trade deal that he said would throw Americans out of work, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) today planned to march with leaders of the AFL-CIO and other labor organizations to a rally outside the US trade representative’s office. Sanders’ leading role in opposing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership follows a long record of opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement, Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and other job-killing trade deals.
Patients choosing prostate cancer treatment at the Southern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC) have some additional options. Patients began enrolling on two new clinical trials for radiological treatment of prostate cancer last month. Both of the newly available trials are in phase III, which is the last phase before a course of treatment becomes standardized, after phases I and II have shown the treatment in question is safe and effective. SVRCC participates in mostly phase III clinical trials.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.
Norwich University has received a grant for $55,675 from the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Security Agency, to lead a weeklong summer camp on cybersecurity for rising high school juniors and seniors. Dubbed GenCyber@NU, the comprehensive program is free to all participants and will be taught by standout Norwich faculty and alumni.
Spring weather is here and there will be an increase in recreational hikers using hiking access points throughout Vermont. Last year there were numerous car breaks at various hiking access locations in Vermont. This is in part due to the ongoing heroin and opiate challenges the state currently faces. Vermont State Police are warning citizens to not leave valuable items in their vehicles at the trailheads. Some examples would include: purses, ipads, ipods, cash, credit cards, debit cards, social security cards, wallets, and jewelry.
The Vermont Lottery and Vermont Agency of Education announce Charleston Elementary School of Charleston, Vermont, as the first winner of the Educate/Innovate Grant Program. This is the first of what is expected to be a twice-annual award. The program, funded by the Vermont Lottery, will provide a cart of 20 iPad devices to the school in support of their proposal, which has eighth graders working with elders in their community to explore the differences in how communication has changed over time.
Hunters are gearing up for Vermont’s spring youth turkey hunting weekend later this month and getting ready for the regular spring turkey hunting season that starts May 1. Vermont offers some of the best turkey hunting in New England according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. In 2014, Hunters took 5,160 turkeys in both the youth weekend and regular seasons, and 1,232 turkeys in the fall season.