To the Editor:

As our public health paradigm shifts with the emergence of Covid-19, many Vermonters are experiencing loss—of connection, of livelihood, of basic necessities, and some have lost loved ones. We are living with uncertainty. The road forward must be paved with time for grieving, resources for the vulnerable, and opportunities to restart Vermont’s economic engine.

Vermonters with lower educational levels, training, and/or limited language skills are more vulnerable during periods of economic insecurity. According to Advance Vermont, four out of five workers who lost their jobs during the last recession lacked high school diplomas or were low-skilled. Vermont will, likely, experience similar outcomes in the wake of the pandemic.

Vermont Adult Learning, and other adult learning providers throughout the state, stand ready to

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