This unique program offers opportunities in Vermont agriculture, food systems and public health to recent high school graduates. As a tuition-based program, Venture’s primary mission is to prepare participants for future academic and career opportunities. Corps Members enhance critical thinking and writing skills, visit Vermont colleges and universities, all while learning together what it means to live away from home, make new friends, and gain independence. VYCC works closely with Vermont Technical College, a member of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium, to deliver this experience.
Venture participants explore a range of food and agriculture topics. They complete service projects, travel the state, and receive unparalleled education from food producers, policy makers, journalists, professors, homesteaders, chefs, doctors, and numerous other Vermont leaders.
Our summer session is Friday, July 14 through Friday, August 11, 2017.
Our fall session is Friday, September 8 through Friday, November 3, 2017.
The session is organized with six themes: Bounty; Plants-Animals-Soil-Water; Theory and Practice; Woods and Streams; Fostered Internship; and The Story of Our Food. Participants are immersed in each theme for 9 days, during which time they visit a variety of farm operations, complete hands-on work projects, visit colleges, enjoy quintessential Vermont recreation, and participate in seminars from experts such as food producers, policy makers, journalists, professors, homesteaders, chefs, doctors, and community leaders.
Venture Semester tuition covers room & board; program travel, activities & equipment; program coordination, supervision & administration. We are happy to provide specific information about program costs.
Tuition is $6,800 for 8 weeks, and $3,400 for 4 weeks.
When funding allows, scholarship awards are available to students interested in attending Venture Semester who need assistance paying for the program. We will consider several eligibility criteria including, but not limited to:
- Financial Need
- Vermont State Residency
- Enrollment at a Vermont University or College
- Sincere Passion to Participate
Students are invited to apply for Venture Semester scholarship funds. While the entire Venture Semester application is taken into consideration, this Scholarship Application is an opportunity for you to paint a clear and well-rounded picture of yourself.
If you have questions at any point during the application process, please contact Caelan Keenan, Program Manager: email@example.com