We believe you learn best when you have opportunities to put theoretical knowledge to use in practical ways.
Students and faculty work together on research projects that have real outcomes, like our design/build class, which built a solar garage that charges an electric tractor for use on the farm. At GMC, we blend the best of classroom theory with practical, hands-on experience. The result is a deeper kind of learning that gives you a leg up in the working world. Students make real impact on the sustainability efforts at the college – in fact, every student gets to vote on the next sustainability ideas to be implemented at the college.
Majoring in Innovation
At GMC you’ll hear the terms “interdisciplinary,” “field-based,” and “service-oriented” describe our educational philosophy. We believe it is essential for students to engage in the world as they learn. Our biologically diverse natural surroundings create a living laboratory for scientific and environmental exploration. The humanities, social sciences, and professional studies also emphasize field-based experience, through activities like collecting oral histories, helping local non-profits and working on rural poverty. Because you enter the job market knowing how to put ideas into action, you get real world experience long before you graduate.
Real World Outcomes
Students in every program at Green Mountain College have the opportunity to seek out credit-earning internships that often turn into permanent jobs upon graduation. In fact, more than 70% of our students complete one or more internships while in school. And internships often lead to work after graduation, whether at the internship organization or through the personal networks student build during the internships. Whether pursuing a graduate degree or entering the workforce, GMC graduates hit the “real world” running with real-life skills. These skills combined with their sustainability knowledge make GMC students high in demand in today’s organizations of all sizes and types. 97% of our graduates are employed, in graduate school, serving in the military or otherwise gainfully engaged.