November 25, 2017

Pair appointed to build state’s workforce

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed two former legislators to coordinate plans to expand the size of Vermont’s workforce.

Sen. Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) will serve as special assistant to the governor and executive director of workforce expansion. Former Rep. Sarah Buxton (D-Windsor-Orange 1) will assume the new role of director of workforce policy and performance within the Vermont Department of Labor.

“Growing and strengthening our workforce is the most important goal we have as we work to grow our economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect the most vulnerable. Increasing the size of our workforce is central to our ability to make investments in the priorities of our state,” said Scott.

Degree will serve as the executive director of the statewide Workforce Development Board, a 58-member panel charged with coordinating workforce training and education programs and engaging the state’s employers, workers and other partners. Buxton will be responsible for simplifying and streamlining programs, processes and systems at VDOL to improve outcomes and better measure results.

Degree, 32, has served in the Vermont State Senate since 2015, representing Franklin County and Alburgh. He is a resident of St. Albans, a graduate of Bellows Free Academy and the Tilton School, and attended Norwich University and the University of Vermont.

Buxton, 39, has served as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act policy and implementation analyst at VDOL since March. She served three terms as the representative for Tunbridge and Royalton. A native Vermonter, Buxton resides in Tunbridge, earned her B.A. from the University of Vermont, and J.D. from Vermont Law School.


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