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.