Human Capital Middlebury, Vermont
According to Green and Haines (2012), Human Capital is defined as “General education background, labor market experience, artistic development and appreciation, health, and other skills and experiences,” (Green, Haines 2012) Within the Town of Middlebury, there are several examples of human capital that are present. One example that I have personal experience with is the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center. This center offers a unique opportunity for students to gain hands on experience and technical job skills. The center is associated with the Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) and offers students the opportunity to gain career skills from local leaders and professionals.
The Career Center offers ten technical and six foundation programs for students in a broad array of categories, including arts and humanities, business and services, and agriculture (Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, 2016). The career center exemplifies the community’s focus on developing a strong and versatile work force and investing in the students future. Additionally, students at MUHS have the option to take college level courses at Middlebury College if the high school does not offer an equivalent level course. The college seeks to invest in the community, families and students that support them and enliven the Middlebury experience.
- Green, G. P., & Haines, A. (2012). Asset Building & Community Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc.
- Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (2016). Retrieved from: http://www.hannafordcareercenter.org
- North country public radio School leasing flash freezer to help poverty relief group (2015) Retrieved from: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/29994/20151103/school-leasing-flash-freezer-to-help-poverty-relief-group