The McClure Foundation Gifts a Free Class at CCV to All High School Graduates

BUHS Graduate, Xia Achilles

BUHS Graduate, Xia Achilles, stands triumphant after receiving her diploma. Photo Credit: Erica Decker Photography


The Class of 2020 got a raw deal. A time usually filled with traditions and rights of passage was quashed in March, almost overnight. In addition to adapting to a brand new way of learning, seniors missed out on prom night, championship softball seasons, senior skip day (to be clear, P3 does not endorse this :)) and of course, graduation. P3’s mission is to ensure that every student graduates with the skills and behaviors that will lead to post-secondary success as outlined in our 8 Steps to Your Future Success career readiness tool. This cohort of Windham County students proved that they’re adaptable, resilient, and ready to take on the rigors of life after graduation.

The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, one of P3’s major funders, is helping take the sting out of an otherwise disappointing spring, by offering every graduating senior a free course of their choosing at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) this fall. To ensure that you receive the most up to date information complete the form in this link. CCV requires no application fee, no essays, no references and no standardized test scores in order to enroll. Certificate programs in bookkeeping, cyber security, pharmacy tech and more are available. For those seeking an associates degree, concentrations range from the arts, to business, to healthcare. What’s more, any student who enrolls will have access to an academic advisor, an invaluable bridge to planning for their future when support from high school guidance counselor expires soon after graduation. Students interested in furthering their education should utilize this amazing gift from The McClure Foundation. And please be sure to visit The Foundation’s website for a complete description of the McClure 2020 Graduation Gift, as well as other fantastic resources to help access high wage / high growth careers.


Christy Betit, BDCC’s Pipelines and Pathways Program (P3) Coordinator

To learn more about BDCC’s high school career development with P3, visit our program web pages.