ReSOURCE’s mission is to meet community and individual needs through (1) education and job skills training, (2) environmental stewardship, and (3) economic opportunities.
ReSOURCE’s Apprentice-style training program serves individuals who are ready to work but need marketable job skills and work credentials for their desired career. Some applicants have been unemployed or under-employed; others are skilled in other trades but are retraining because their jobs have disappeared due to downsizing or relocation, or need new skills after suffering an occupational injury. Because of their integration into ReSOURCE’s daily operations, trainees gain not only technical knowledge, but vital customer service and teamwork experience.
Career Start program serves enrolled high school students with individualized education plans (IEPs). Students maintain a regular work shift during the school day in one of our departments. They participate in monthly personal and professional development classes and earn a monthly $55 stipend. Program is available in Burlington and Barre locations. Tuition: $750 for a full school year.Students work in one of the following departments within ReSOURCE:
Computers, Small Appliances, & Electronics: Disassemble, identify & test computer components. Repair & clean fans, microwaves & kitchen gadgets. Customer service. Intro to electrical safety.
Waste Not Products Woodshop: Intro to woodshop tools & environment, including: sanding, gluing, power tools.
Office Administration: Filing, phone skills, data entry & typing.
Café: Customer service. Stock & display merchandise. Basic food handling.
Large Appliances: Repair & clean washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and more!
Customer Service & Retail:
a) Household Goods Store: Customer service. Stock & display merchandise. Cash register & phone skills.
b) Building Materials Store: Customer service. Stock & display merchandise. Tape measure and hand tool use. Possible forklift certification.
Customer Service and Retail Management:
Teaches customer service skills needed for success in a variety of customer service settings and prepares students for positions above entry-level. Students prepare for a customer service certification. This is a 6-month program offered in Burlington.
LEAP Learn Earn, and Prosper
The Learn, Earn, and Prosper (LEAP) program provides youth, 16-24 years old, who are blind or visually impaired, the opportunity to gain the skills needed to become independent, confident, and productive young adults. The goal of this program is to increase the employable skills of youth in transition which will help lead to meaningful employment. Participants live in a dormitory setting with their peers in downtown Burlington and focus on personal life skills, such as cooking, time management, and personal finance
Major Appliance Repair:
Teaches all aspects of diagnosing, repairing and maintaining major appliances. All students receive Type I refrigeration certification and may choose to pursue natural and LP gas certifications as well. This is a 9-month program offered in Williston.
Teaches the skills that are needed to succeed in today’s office environment. Training includes Microsoft Office applications, time and task management, and cash management in support of a sales and service operation. This is a 6-month program offered in Burlington.
Prepares men and women with little or no work experience with good work ethics and soft skills to become ready to enter the workforce find out more
ReSOURCE YouthBuild is a 10-month program serving 16- to 24-year-old men and women in Chittenden and Washington counties who have dropped out of high school and need comprehensive development and job training. Youth are trained in construction skills while building affordable housing, learning energy efficiency skills, and working alongside ReSOURCE’s Deconstruction Service.