Vermont Adult Learning needs the support of the Rutland community. We are part of a collaborative effort to meet the needs of our Rutland City adults who have dropped out or left high school for a variety of reasons. Without a high school diploma, GED certificate, or other evidence of basic skill proficiencies, a significant portion of our citizens will not be able to find work or move forward into livable wage jobs. Lack of a basic education hurts the economy, as well as the individuals and their families. With education and knowledge comes hope and power for a better life for all.

In 2018, Vermont Adult Learning served 1,500 students statewide. The Rutland center served 184 from Rutland County, 96 of whom resided in Rutland City. We hope to grow and attract more students to our classes but, in order to do so, we will need the support of Rutland City and surrounding towns who have contributed to our services in the past. We need local support to continue to educate both younger and older adults who are trying to turn their lives around and move forward on a productive path.

Please help us on March 5 by voting "yes" on the Rutland City ballot and surrounding Rutland County towns to support Vermont Adult Learning.

Michelle C. Folger

Vermont Adult Learning Rutland director

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