Human Capital: Rutland, Vermont

In Asset Building and Community Development, authors Green and Haines define human capital as “general education background, labor market experience, artistic development and appreciation, health, and other skills” of a community (136). Considering it is a small town, the close knit community of Rutland, Vermont provides its citizens with a plethora of opportunities to create and strengthen their human capital with other locals.One group in Rutland has stepped up to help strengthen human capital, specifically by working to improve the health and wellbeing of the town’s citizens. At the beginning of October, over 300 individuals took part in a walk in Rutland to show support for victims of abuse and to help benefit the Rutland County Women’s Network Center. This organization is in fact the only one in the county that works to serve the victims of sexual assault and sexual violence by “providing outreach, education, advocacy, and crisis services”. (Rutland Region)

In comparison with the surrounding region, the school system of Rutland provides its children within ample education to make ensure they can give back to their local community, as well as the world. Based on the school’s AP exams, the students of Rutland Senior High School have proficiency of 35% in Mathematics and 77% in English, which is 5% and 7% above the state average, respectively. For those past the average school age, Rutland Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Started in 2003 as an affiliate of the University of Vermont, the Learning Institute helps to promote continuing education for Rutland citizens over the age of 50. (Rutland Lecture Series)

Rutland Lecture Series – UVM Continuing and Distance Education. (2016). Retrieved November

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Rutland Region – The Mountain Times. (2016, October 12). Retrieved November 04, 2016.