The Vermont Accelerate ED team is working to scale and sustain equitable participation in accelerated pathways to free degrees at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) across the graduating class of 2023-2026.


Accelerated pathways combines the state’s longtime Early College program for high school seniors with the McClure Foundation’s recent 13th-year promise of a free associate degree to Early College completers statewide. CCV credentials focus on pathways that lead to the high-pay, high-demand jobs identified by the Vermont’s Most Promising Jobs campaign, a longtime public-private partnership between the McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor. Initiative partners are assessing success based on statewide community college continuation and attainment rates for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.