Vermont Tech Receives $25,000to Help Fund Summer Bridge ProgramRANDOLPH CENTER, Vt-Vermont Technical College this week received a $25,000 grant from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Vermont Community Foundation.The money will be used to support Vermont Tech’s Summer Bridge Program, which helps incoming freshmen prepare for the college level math and English courses they’ll need to succeed in most of the college’s rigorous programs.While the Summer Bridge program is affordable in comparison to academic year tuition, board and fees, it has in the past been a deterrent to low- to moderate-income students who count on their summer break to earn money for the academic year. The college estimates that between 10 and 15 students each year choose not to enroll at Vermont Tech because of the cost of the Program.The Summer Bridge program is required for students applying to the Applied Science Program and will shorten by one year the time required for engineering students to graduate. The program provides courses in Math, Physics, Computer Skills and English. Students who do not enroll in the program are often required to take remedial courses elsewhere, potentially postponing their entry to Vermont Tech.An estimated seventy percent of Summer Bridge students are “first generation” (the first in their families to attend college) and a large majority of these are Vermont residents. The program typically enrolls between 30-50 students.Founded in 1986, the Vermont Community Foundation is home to over 500 charitable funds. With more than $160 million in assets, (December 31, 2007), it ranks among the top 10 percent of community foundations nationwide for total assets and gifts received. The Foundation helps Vermont-based philanthropists and organizations gain knowledge about community needs; deepen their understanding of ways strategic philanthropy can make a difference; nurture innovative practices and invest in the most promising models for lasting change; and increase Vermont’s philanthropic capital by inspiring new giving opportunities.Vermont Technical College is the state’s only technical college and is one of the five Vermont State Colleges. Graduates from Vermont Tech enjoy a 98% job placement rate; 90% of the student body comes from Vermont; and in 2007, 87% took jobs in Vermont, growing and improving the state’s workforce.