Education & Social Services

Education & Social Services


educationEducation and Social Services
Instructor: Nancy Hutchinson
nhutchinson@orangesouthwest.org
802-728-9595  ext 421

The Education and Social Services program provides students with the basic skills and competencies needed to pursue careers in education, child care, and social services. Through internships at local elementary schools, day care centers, and elder care facilities, students develop skills in effective communication, working as a team member, and taking directions from supervisors. The core areas of  study include professionalism and program management, teaching and learning, healthy and safe environments, human growth and development, families and community, and career exploration and preparation. Graduates are prepared to enter a two- or four-year college program, as well as a variety of entry-level positions in the teaching and human services fields.

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students will be trained and assessed in accordance with Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). For more information on Proficiency Based Learning, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website at: education.vermont.gov

Career opportunities include:
Teachers
Paraprofessionals
Child care providers
Preschool teachers
Social workers
Nannies
Elder care providers.                                                              

Average salaries for Education/Social Services grads:
Teachers - $61,400
Paraprofessionals - $24,000
Child Care Providers - $22,000
Preschool Teachers - $28,700
Social Workers - $43,600
Nannies - $34,000
Elder Care Providers - $23,500

Community Partners / Employers:
Learning Together Center
Magic  Mountain Children’s Center
Orange County Parent Child Center
Randolph Elementary School
Randolph Community Preschool
Randolph Senior Center
Robin’s Nest Child Enrichment Center
School Street Montessori

College Credit and Industry Certifications:
Students completing the two-year program have the opportunity to earn 12 credits that will be accepted at Vermont State Colleges and Universities.  Certifications include First Aid, CPR, Mandated Reporting, FEMA Mulit-hazard Planning for Childcare, Early Childhood Regulation Training, and Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals.

Past students have attended The University of Vermont, Castleton University,  Community College of Vermont, Plymouth State University, and Johnson State College.

Interests and Attitudes:
Students applying to the program should have a strong desire to explore careers in child care, teaching, special education, social work, and care of the elderly.  They should also possess a commitment to exhibit professional behavior in and out of the classroom and demonstrate respect for everyone. Solid communication skills are also important.