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Northland students use open door to enter VUHS

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Two Northlands Job Corps students entered Vergennes Union High School on Thursday afternoon through a door that had been left ajar, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, and, in Merkel’s words, approached and made two female VUHS students “uncomfortable.”

Vergennes police issued both Job Corps students no-trespass orders to stay off VUHS property and, according to Merkel, were terminated from the Northlands program later that afternoon.

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City urges Northlands to support rescue volunteers

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday met new Northlands Job Corps Director Shirma Ferguson and learned more about Chugach Alaska Corporation, the company the U.S. Department of Labor recently selected to operate the Macdonough Drive federal job training center for economically disadvantaged youths.

At the meeting, city officials and former Ferrisburgh Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Donnelly, a Vergennes resident, questioned Ferguson about the center’s policy on allowing volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel to leave during their shifts.

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Northlands anti-bullying effort continues

Posted on October 26, 2015 |
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VERGENNES — On Friday, Sept. 19, Northlands Job Corps formally kicked off another year of its anti-bullying program with a special assembly. It was the culmination of the official Y2Y (Youth-to-Youth) Week at the federal job training program in Vergennes.

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Thanks to Bixby, Northlands students have Wi-Fi; others next?

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Phase Two of the Northlands Job Corps student Internet Wi-Fi arrived much more quickly than Phase One, which was the product of a yearlong effort by Northlands executives, its Student Government Association, and Bixby Library officials and volunteers.

On Wednesday last week, the Vergennes center’s 220 young vocational students who gathered in and around the campus chapel, home of the center’s new Wi-Fi hub, had for the first time to enter user names and passwords to log onto the network.

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Northlands change delayed again

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A series of delayed decisions has led to status quo at Northlands Job Corps: Alutiiq LLC, the center operator that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the national job training program’s overseer, said would leave this past December will now remain there until at least September.

Northlands is also doing business as usual even though the DOL’s lease for the MacDonough Drive campus in Vergennes, an agreement that dates back to 1978, technically expired on June 1.

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State: New Northlands lease could mean compensation for Vergennes

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Although the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has again delayed selecting the next operator of Northlands Job Corps, according to Vermont officials the DOL and the state are close on a new 20-year lease for the MacDonough Drive campus.

It is a deal that might mean that once again Vergennes would be compensated for hosting the program.

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Firm granted extension at Northlands

Posted on December 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Vergennes officials confirmed last week that the current firm now operating Northlands Job Corps, Alutiiq LLC, has been granted an additional three months to run the federally funded job-training center for disadvantaged youth.

The DOL, which oversees the nation’s roughly 120 Job Corps centers, had announced in March that it would terminate Alutiiq’s Northlands contract, effective Dec. 31.

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Feds won't renew pact for Northlands operator

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The U.S. Department of Labor will not renew Alutiiq LLC’s contract to operate Northlands Job Corps, the federal job training center in Vergennes.

However, Ted Fitzgerald, the DOL’s Regional Director for Public Affairs for the area that includes New England and New York, said this week that Alutiiq’s contract will be extended through the end of 2012 to give the DOL time to find a new firm to run the MacDonough Drive center.

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'Initiation beatings' alleged at Northlands Job Corps

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — According to several sources, a Northlands Job Corps dormitory has been the scene of regular beatings given to new students by other students over at least the past six months, while at least some Northlands staff and supervisors are aware of and apparently have failed to take steps to halt the violence.

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City chief questions Northlands' version of story

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel disagreed on Wednesday with a statement released through the U.S. Department of Labor that Northlands Job Corps officials notified his department in a timely manner of a Feb. 7 assault that sent a Northlands student to Porter Hospital.

Meanwhile, Northlands officials this week declined to comment directly on the on-campus assault that left a 17-year-old Northlands student with a broken neck and nose.

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