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December 12th, 2017

Vermonters Need Vermont Interactive Technologies

Editor,

I am a nursing student at Vermont Technical College. Our college, as well as many other colleges, companies, and people in Vermont, use Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) for educational and training programs. Governor Shumlin has decided to cut funding for VIT to $0 in FY16. This means that VIT will cease to exist by July 1, 2015.

VIT has 13 sites and 17 studios statewide. It helps students and other groups save time and money in traveling. Many of the students in my class would be unable to attend college if not for our VIT site here in Springfield and I’m sure that applies to other VIT students throughout the state.

VIT provides a great opportunity for adult learners, like myself, who are unable to travel for school or live on a college campus because of families, jobs, home ownership, and many other reasons.

I am trying to get the word out to people who have used VIT in the past for educational or training purposes. We need to let Governor Shumlin know that VIT is important to Vermonters. I want to encourage all people who have benefited from VIT to contact Governor Shumlin as well as Vermont Senators, and House Representatives to share their experiences with them. Vermont needs VIT.

We have signed petitions and VTC’s Interim Director of Nursing Education Programs Cynthia A. Martindill, has gone before the Vermont Legislator to plead our case but we have been informed that the Governor and Legislators want to hear personally from people who have used VIT. I’m am looking for your assistance in getting this information out to Vermonters. VIT’s website: www.vitlink.org has a link to learn more about how to save VIT.

I would appreciate your help in informing our community about this education loss for Vermonters.

Rebecca L. Lyons

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