Southwest Vermont Career Development Center opening doors to Hoosick Falls students

BENNINGTON — The Southwest Vermont Career Development Center is making progress in opening its doors to students from nearby Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Superintendent Michael Lawler said on Monday that 12 students from Hoosick Falls are expected to attend the CDC this semester, although there are still some interviews ongoing.

"We've had to adjust some students because in New York state they have the Regents requirements, in Vermont we don't," said Lawler. "Students who may not have passed Regents in the spring had a chance to re-take them just last week and were able to get slots in our programs."

"It's very interesting working with a different state, versus a different town or a different school district, and making all these things work" he said, "including revisiting 'What credit does Law Enforcement have? Can it be a civics credit, or can it be something else?' Having those discussions with other school districts that are not Mount Anthony. Because state regs say what schools have to accept for credit from classes, but schools can adopt other credit-bearing coursework from our tech courses. If Hoosick Falls determines that one year of Law Enforcement equals one year of what they consider a civics course, they can take that, it's great ... Those conversations are ongoing with Patrick Dailey, the new principal at Hoosick Falls."

Lawler said in March that he expected that Hoosick Falls students would be eligible to attend the CDC this fall, and estimated that 10 to 20 would end up attending the center.

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB


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