The mission of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (CRE) is to power economic growth in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom by fostering leadership, workforce development, and entrepreneurship.
Established in 2011, the CRE serves to engage educators and employers in creating the leaders of tomorrow, supporting development of a region- wide system to prepare future generations for business leadership, and promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career choice.
We strive to offer valuable educational opportunities to connect students along the Pre K-16 spectrum to the business community and heighten awareness of existing and emerging well-paying jobs in the region. Our ultimate goal is to work with a network of partners to better integrate regional education with area businesses and cultivate a system that will positively impact the local economy.
Special focus is given to meeting the business development and technical assistance needs of employers in the industry clusters with the greatest potential for keeping and creating jobs in the region.
Here is how we put our mission into action and help more students realize their aspirations:
The Incubator without Walls (iWOW) program utilizes the students, faculty, and resources of Lyndon State College to help grow local business to the next level and create more jobs.
The Academic Summer Camp program provides opportunities for 6-8th graders to explore the resources of our great campus while enjoying the fun and friendships of terrific camps that combine their areas of interest with high energy activities.
Kingdom Career Connect program held in partnership with VSAC offers 8th graders hands-on career exploration opportunities in key industry sectors and assists students with course selection in high school.
Through donations of gently-worn business clothes from the community, Dress for Success provides the best possible start for students into their careers by providing a free business-ready outfit to each student who attends the annual event.