BENNINGTON — The annual Bennington Career Week is back for its fourth year, and is, for the first time, being expanded to fill a second week.

The event, which is designed to celebrate the connections between education and careers in the Bennington area, is organized by the Bennington County Industrial Corporation's School and Workforce Partnership. This year, it will run from April 4 through April 16, the first time the event has been expanded to two weeks, and will feature a multitude of events throughout the community for students and adults alike.

Throughout the first week, more than 60 local business leaders will speak in front of more than 100 classes at Mount Anthony Union High School, before students in grades 9 through 11. The Community College of Vermont is also offering to have community members sit in on classes that week. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 802-447-2361. There will also be a series of columns from local business people running in the Banner.


The Vermont Department of Labor is also running a series of free workshops in conjunction with Career Week. On Tuesday, April 5, there will be a Vermont Labor Market Info and Trends Workshop from 9-11:30 a.m. at the DOL. The next day, on Wednesday, April 6, there will be a Job Search Workshop from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. On Thursday, April 7, labor department officials will team up with Southern Vermont College to host "Dress for Success," where clothing and fashion guidance will be provided by Maurices and makeup tips by G. Stevens. The final workshop will be on Wednesday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will focus on resume writing. All of these events will take place at the Department of Labor, located at the State Office Building at 150 Veterans Memorial Lane in Bennington.

Just as Mount Anthony Union Middle and High Schools will be hosting college and career fairs during the career weeks, the Community College of Vermont will be hosting a Wellness and Health Fair, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room at CCV. The event will feature over 20 vendors and practitioners.

On Saturday, April 10, Bennington College will host Bennington Works, "a day-long celebration of student and faculty works in progress. Studio and lab tours, open rehearsals, new music and dance, readings of all kinds — our students and faculty put current projects on display for the extended Bennington community and prospective students who are considering joining us next fall." These events are also free and open to the public.

Then, on Thursday, April 14, the college will host the Bennington County Sophomore Career Summit from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which will bring together 10th graders from all across Bennington County. Students will be divided into groups based on the careers they are interested in, and will work with professionals from those fields.

Last year, NSK Steering Systems America opened its facilities for tours by students and the community. This year, neighbor Abacus Automation invites the public to an open house and tours on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Middle and high school students will have a chance to tour the building the previous day.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.