People’s United Bank awards $5,000 to BDCC High School Program

Support for “Pipelines and Pathways” Career Awareness


For Immediate Release

Brattleboro, VT – People’s United Bank announced it has awarded $5,000 to the Pipelines and Pathways Program, run by Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. This donation will underwrite operating costs associated with training and activities for all four Windham County high schools.

The Pipelines & Pathways Project is designed to help students successfully prepare for and access job opportunities. This program addresses both Career Awareness (knowledge of local hiring trends) and Career Readiness (knowledge of skills and behaviors needed to excel). “Our dream was to place someone in the schools, every day, whose sole job was to help kids graduate with the skills they need to enter the workforce and take advantage of training and education opportunities available to them. People’s United Bank has helped us to realize this dream.,” commented Adam Grinold, BDCC’s Executive Director.

P3 seeks to ensure every student graduates with a plan. The program’s “Scope and Sequence” provides a framework for building career awareness and education throughout the course of high school.

“We are so pleased to help BDCC with this innovative career-education partnership,” noted Kathy Schirling, Director of Marketing and Community Services, People’s United Bank. “Providing our high school students with the right tools so that they can find their path to successful careers is an important part of our giving strategy.”


About People’s United Bank
People’s United Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with approximately $59 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.


About BDCC and SeVEDS:
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth throughout Southeastern Vermont, including Windham County and the towns of Readsboro, Searsburg, Winhall, and Weston. BDCC serves as the State of Vermont’s certified Regional Development Corporation (RDC) for the greater Windham County area. BDCC is one of 12 RDCs throughout Vermont. This BDCC activity was made possible in part by a grant from the State of Vermont through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. For more information visit:

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) is an affiliate of BDCC that grew from a 2008 grassroots effort, initiated by BDCC, to understand and create long term strategies needed to reverse the economic decline of the Windham Region and plan for the economic impacts from the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In 2014, after multiple years of regional input, education and data gathering, SeVEDS received federal approval for the Windham Region’s federally recognized S.M.A.R.T. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). SeVEDS partnered with Bennington’s Regional Economic Development Group in 2018 to develop the 2019 Southern Vermont Zone CEDS. For more information visit:

Adam Grinold, Executive Director

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

(802) 257-7731