SerVermont - Black River Innovation Campus, Digital Skilling
Southern Windsor County Incubator, d.b.a. Black River Innovation
Campus (BRIC), is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Springfield, Vermont.
BRIC operates a live-work-learn platform that supports local
digital talent opportunities, builds a pipeline of digital economy
workers, and creates a dynamic business and entrepreneurship
ecosystem. BRIC's mission is three-fold: First, to build and
support digital economy enterprises through the residential
Entrepreneurship Program; second, to steward computer science
education, digital skilling, and remote training to prepare
students and adults for new economy opportunities; and third, to
create an innovation ecosystem with a critical mass of tech
companies and remote/co-workers that can sustainably thrive in
Springfield's rural setting. In order to achieve its mission and
goals, BRIC 1) actively engages with Vermont workforce development
agencies to provide digital skills training to underserved and
low-income populations; 2) identifies and negotiates pathways to
digitally-enabled and remote employment by working with job-seekers
and employers, alike; 3) works closely with local and regional
school systems and workforce partners to curate meaningful career
resources; and 4) produces and curates thought leadership materials
to spread awareness of the digital economy ecosystem and to educate
job-seekers as they navigate future-of-work resources. Further help
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Member Duties : The Digital Skilling & Employment VISTA will
support economic opportunity through technical training initiatives
& business skills development. The VISTA will develop a program to
support digital skilling for low-income workers; connect the new
skills of workers to workforce opportunities; assist Vermonters in
creating freelance or gig economy opportunities; recruit and manage
volunteers; assist in grant writing & fundraising efforts; and
conduct community outreach around the value of digital skilling and
gig economy programming. The VISTA will collect data to produce
SOPs for a sustainable low-income-oriented digital skilling and
business skills program, and develop a system for converting
digital internship/apprenticeship positions into sustainable
freelance and employment opportunities. The VISTA will also create
a culture of opportunity to help uplift and empower underserved and
economically disadvantaged populations by exposing them to digital
economy programming and awareness.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance , Choice of Education
Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage* , Childcare
assistance if eligible , Living Allowance , Training .
Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours
, Permits working at another job during off hours .
Service Areas :
Children/Youth , Community Outreach , Education , Community and
Economic Development , Entrepreneur/Business .
Writing/Editing , Computers/Technology , Conflict Resolution ,
Youth Development .