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The Six College Collaborative was formed by area higher education institutions–Community College of Vermont, Marlboro College, Union Institute & University, SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont Technical College, and Landmark College — in partnership with the BDCC and SeVEDS. With the purpose of enhancing educational opportunities and engaging in economic development in the region. The Six College Collaborative flagship programs include a cross-registration program which allows students to take courses at other member institutions, and an internship program that places students with local businesses.

In 2014, the BDCC and Six College Collaborative launched its collegiate Internship Program. The program works to partner college students and recent graduates with local companies and contribute to Vermont’s economic development, while introducing students to the opportunities that exist here in Vermont. It attracts students from across Windham County, the State, and the Country to start their careers in Southern Vermont, providing work-based learning experiences to students and qualified labor to Windham County’s growing businesses and nonprofits.