Community College of Vermont

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Community College of Vermont
Type Community college
Established 1970
Chancellor Jeb Spaulding
President Joyce Judy
Administrative staff
Students 6,000+
Location Headquarters in Montpelier, Vermont, USA
Campus 12 campuses across the state

The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is Vermont's second largest college, serving 7,000 students each semester. The college has 12 locations throughout Vermont as well as extensive online learning options. CCV is a member of the Vermont State Colleges ("VSC"). Each of the five VSC colleges has its own president and deans. CCV's president is Joyce Judy. As of 2014, the college had the lowest cost per credit hour in Vermont, and the second largest number of students in the state, the largest being the University of Vermont. CCV is the most expensive community college in the United States.[1]

In addition to its 19 associate degree programs and 6 certificate programs, the College offers an Assessment of Prior Learning course, through which students may obtain credit for knowledge acquired outside the classroom, an Introduction to College Studies course designed for high school students, and two study abroad opportunities annually.


The state created the Vermont Regional Community College Commission (VRCCC) in 1970. Peter Smith was hired as the first president. VRCCC opened in Montpelier with 10 courses and 50 students. In 1975, CCV earned accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 1992, CCV deployed the "virtual campus linking its 13 locations via a computer network. In 1996, CCV offered its first online course: Introduction to Political Science.

In 1984, CCV's commencement topped 100 graduates and its twelfth site opened in Middlebury. In 1993, enrollment at CCV topped 5000 students. In 2003, students aged 22 or younger reached 33% of all enrollment at CCV. In 2004, enrollment at CCV topped 10,000 students. In the fall of 2010, CCV offered a new associate degree in Environmental Science.[2]

In 2008, CCV purchased the building of the defunct Woodbury College in Montpelier.[3]

In 2010 CCV built a new building in Winooski, replacing the former Burlington building.[4]

Union organizing campaign[edit]

In 2006 the American Federation of Teachers, which represents instructors at other colleges in the Vermont State Colleges system, organized a unionizing campaign. The college opposed the unionization effort partially through a mailing effort, and the majority of the faculty voted not to unionize in September 2006.[5]



  1. ^ Luzer, Daniel, Vermont’s 60 Percent “Solution”, Washington Monthly, February 17, 2010
  2. ^ "Learn About CCV - Community College of Vermont". Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  3. ^ CCV to buy Woodbury College, Vermont Business Magazine, November 12, 2008
  4. ^ "Literature Study Guides - By Popularity". Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  5. ^ Lederman, Doug, Part Timers Say No to Union, Inside Higher Ed, October 2006

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