Sterling College (Vermont)
Sterling College is a year-round liberal arts college in Craftsbury Common, in the U.S. state of Vermont. Sterling is one of seven colleges in the Work College Consortium and its curriculum is devoted to environmental studies. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Sterling School was founded in 1958 as a boys' college preparatory school by former Berkshire School faculty member Norman Rioux. The school's educational philosophy was influenced by that of Outward Bound founder Kurt Hahn. The school's transition to higher education during the 1970s began with the Academic Short Course in Outdoor Leadership, a 21-day program.
Faced with closure in 1974, a group of faculty chose to remain and established an academic year-long program similar to Outward Bound programs known as Grassroots Project in Vermont at Sterling Institute. By 1983, Sterling had developed into an accredited college offering an Associate of Arts degree in resource management with full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges granted in 1987.
Since 1997, Sterling College has been accredited as a four-year college and has awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in conservation ecology, outdoor education, and sustainable agriculture. Sterling College joined the Work Colleges Consortium in 1999.
The primary campus is 130 acres (53 ha). It has 14 buildings including a woodworking shop and a library. Outdoor teaching facilities include a managed woodlot, a challenge course, a 30 feet (9.1 m) climbing tower, managed gardens, and a working livestock farm with two solar powered barns. Much of what is grown and raised on campus is consumed in the dining hall. Sterling produces approximately 8-15% of its own food.