Mascoma Bank Helps to Create Career and College Opportunities through Adult Education and Literacy Programs

Barre, Vermont March 27, 2020

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Mascoma Bank donated $2,800 to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE), in support of Creating Career and College Opportunities through Adult Education and Literacy Programs. CVABE’s provides three key services: basic literacy (reading, writing, math and computers, high school credentialing, and English Language Learning / citizenship. The overall goal of these programs is to create career and college opportunities for all adults, so that they can achieve independence and create better lives for themselves and their families

“The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have just begun,” says Carol Shults-Perkins, Executive Director of CVABE. “We don’t know how long Governor Scott’s March 16 “stay at home order” will last. We do know that it is affecting those with low literacy and under-education the most.” Shults-Perkins continues, “The need for career and college opportunities is incredibly amplified right now, and will only increase with high unemployment rates.”

“Mascoma Bank’s support of our programs could not have come at a time of higher need,” says Shults-Perkins. “Although our learning centers are physically closed, our teachers are providing distance learning to hundreds of adults in Central Vermont, all with the goal of career and college readiness. From our entire learning community, we thank Mascoma Bank for their support."

CVABE, now in its 55th year of service, provides free adult education and literacy services to Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties in Vermont. The individualized and goal-driven instruction opens opportunities that lead to careers and further education.