GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) and Vermont Technical College (Vermont Tech) recently announced a new partnership which will financially assist employees of the manufacturing company who either want to attend the college or already have.
GF employees will be able to enroll in Vermont Tech’s undergraduate, graduate, or certificate programs at discounted tuition rates. Additionally, Vermont Tech alumni who work at GF will be able to benefit retroactively through a tuition reimbursement program.
While the manufacturer gets to have its staff members further their education for a discounted price, the college also gets to benefit by having seasoned professionals join the campus and learning community – broadening the experience for current students.
“We have numerous Vermont Tech alumni working at GF,” said Pradip Singh, vice president and general manager of GF Fab 9 in Essex Junction. “There are more than 150 Vermont Tech graduates on our team, many in leadership positions. Within the last two years alone, we have hired nearly two dozen Vermont Tech alumni and interns. This education partnership agreement further strengthens our relationship with Vermont Tech and gives our employees a great opportunity to enhance their education and careers. This is another example of GF partnering with community organizations to ensure the growth and vitality of Vermonters and Vermont.”
The announcement is on top of GF’s Technician Apprenticeship Program that is already in place with Vermont Tech and allows GLOBALFOUNDRIES employees to take one course per semester for three years so they can get the base courses needed to achieve half of an electrical engineering technology degree. GF also has a strong recruiting presence on the college’s campus for both full-time employment and summer internships.
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a key Employer Partner with Vermont Tech, which supports both organizations,” said Vermont Tech President Patricia Moulton. “By providing greater access to current employees of a major regional manufacturer, Vermont Tech will continue to support the workforce needs of an industry so important to our state and region, aligned with the college’s advanced manufacturing core competency.”