Help Secure the Future of NVU: Let Your Voice Be Heard, Sign a Petition
On Friday, April 17th, WCAX News reported that three Vermont schools in the Vermont State Colleges System are on the chopping block. Northern Vermont University (NVU) -Lyndon, formerly known as Lyndon State College is one of those schools, along with NVU – Johnson and Vermont Technical College (VTC) in Randolph.
Citing the pandemic combined with past financial troubles, declining enrollment, revenues, and competition, Chancellor Jeb Spaudling suggested that action is necessary, yet acknowledged that this is “going to be a gut punch to the NEK.”
Loss of NVU in the Northeast Kingdom, would deeply affect the community, including major job loss, higher educational opportunities for locals, tourism, and the future of youth sports, including the Northeast Kingdom Aquatics Swim Team, a growing and impressive youth, USA swim team that has over 50 local athletes.
There is at least one petition circulating online to oppose closing NVU. Sign this one here.
We are hoping to move to VT from MA and NVU Lyndon and the local programs it offers is one of the reasons we chose that area. In fact, we might reconsider if it indeed closes. And, I happen to know others are also considering a move to the NEK because they, like us, can now now work from home and want that home to be someplace with a lot of recreational opportunities and natural beauty. I understand the financial difficulties, but I hope the college holds on as it may find that things will improve more than it realizes.
NVU Lyndon contributes so much to the quality of life in our area, providing services that will be a big loss to the community as well as local affordable higher education. The NEK deserves to be a priority when considering what steps to take. Our area has too often taken a hit that other areas of Vermont do not have to deal with.