Austin Meeks

P3 Presents First-Ever Windham Workforce Ready Award

BDCC’s Pipelines and Pathways Program (P3) finished off the 2020 school year by awarding its first-ever Windham Workforce Ready Scholarship to Austin Meeks of Leland and Gray High School.

This $500  award honors the hard work of an outstanding senior who exemplifies the professional skills and behaviors, identified by local employers and college recruiters, that will lead to post-secondary success. It can be used for additional training, personal protective equipment, mileage, business start-up costs or any other employment-related needs.

Austin participated in L and G’s Coop, a semester-long program designed to explore career opportunities with local employers, led by the exceptionally dedicated faculty member, Terry Davison-Berger. P3 supported and enhanced the coop program by helping students gain valuable professional skills through resume writing workshops, mock interviews, and more.

Austin demonstrated his strong work ethic, tenacity, resilience and ability to balance educational and work responsibilities. He is now Wardsboro’s newest entrepreneur, taking the initiative to start his own business. Meek’s Maintenance provides lawn care, driveway improvements, and other services to area residents. BDCC wishes Austin every success in his future endeavors.

P3 is dedicated to the post-secondary success of all students, whether college or workforce-bound. We work within each of the Windham County high schools to help prepare students for life after graduation. Our goal is to ensure that every high school student graduates with a solid plan for their future and a pathway to financial and personal success.

P3 is poised to kickoff the 20/21 school year by continuing its current offerings as well as innovating new pilots within each school to reach more and more students within our region. Next year, the BDCC Windham Workforce Ready Scholarship will be made available to an outstanding senior at each of our county’s high schools who has completed the necessary modules within the “Eight Steps to Your Future Success” Student Navigation Tool. We look forward to hitting the ground running at each of our partner schools with more enriching career ed. programming for students in grades 9 – 12 this fall!


Funding for P3 is provided by the McClure Foundation, Vermont Training Program, Vermont Community Foundation, the Windham County Economic Development Program, Thompson Trust, People’s United Bank, and the Whitney Blake Company in Bellows Falls. 

The Pipelines and Pathways Program (P3) provides employment oriented career-planning for the region’s high school students. It brings training in 21st Century skills, work-based learning, and personal learning plan (PLP) engagement opportunities to all four public high schools in Windham County. The program assists in developing workforce-oriented curricula, expanding classroom relationships, and growing work-based learning through opportunities with local employers. It also supports teachers working face to face with students to implement personal learning plans and seize the myriad opportunities presented by Vermont’s Flexible Pathways Initiative under Act 77. Pipelines & Pathways a BDCC Workforce Center of Excellence program based on SeVEDS strategies to increase the size and quality of the workforce. For more information please visit