Middlebury College’s Geonomics Institute Joins
Vermont Non-Profits and Educators to Provide Professional Training:
Community Connections Winter Program

Adjusting to a society no longer supported by a communist
government, residents of the former Soviet Union are seeking more
than economic expertise from the West.

From Jan. 27 to Feb.12, 10 social service and education
professionals from the Rivne region in northeastern Ukraine will
intern with their Vermont counterparts in Burlington, Waterbury,
and Randolph as participants in the Community Connections winter
program, a project organized by the Geonomics Institute of Middlebury
College.

As interns, the Ukrainian professionals will learn
new methods of delivering educational and social services in their
own country, and gain day-to-day exposure to the democratic free-market
economy of the United States. The internships reflect the programís
goalóto support the development of democracy in the Ukraine
and other countries of the former Soviet Union.

Prior to the internships, Community Connections participants
will undergo intensive training at Middleburyís Geonomics
Institute. The program also will offer the Ukrainians the chance
to establish personal connections through homestays with Vermont
families, and opportunities to engage in local cultural and community
activities.

Vermont organizations providing internships during
the winter program include the Burlington-based Baird Center,
King Street Youth Center, Otter Creek Associates, Spectrum Youth
Services, and the University of Vermont School of Education.
In South Burlington, IDX Systems Corporation will take part.
The Agency of Human Services and the Vermont Institute of Science,
Math and Technology in Waterbury are also participants, along
with Vermont Technical College in Randolph.

Community Connections is a nationwide program sponsored
by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United
States Information Agency. Vermontís program receives additional
funding from the Geonomics Institute, The Snelling Center for
Government, Champlain College, Vermont businesses, private and
government organizations, and individuals.

The sponsors of the winter project are the Geonomics
Institute at Middlebury College, The Snelling Center for Government,
Champlain College, the Vermont/Karelia Rule of Law Project, the
Addison County Economic Development Corporation, and the Vermont
Chamber of Commerce

For more information on the Community Connections
program, please contact Chris Beattie, program coordinator, at
the Geonomics Institute at Middlebury College at 802-443-2300.