Burlington VT, Alton Brown's Culinary Training

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Jobs Available in Computers, Education, Health, and All Service Industries

The Burlington-South Burlington Metro Area is Number 6 in the late 2000s' list of the Top 25 Best Small Cities in America for Jobs and Business.

In a prosperous state offering a range of high-paying jobs, the Vermont minimum wage increased to $8.06/hr in January of 2009 and may rise again.

This indicates a ramping up of economic strength as the metro areas of the state continue to grow and require large numbers of new employees. As the higher-earning tiers of employment, such as Information Technology/Computer Production, Tourism and related sectors, sectors of Education, and Healthcare increase in size as well as time-eating responsibilities, additional Service sector workers will also be required by workers as well as tourists and visitors.

Top 10 Jobs in the Greater Burlington Area

  1. Information Technology Managers and Techs
  2. Registered Nurses [RNs] & Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses
  3. College Level Isntructors and Professors and Teachers, K-12
  4. Food & Beverage Prep and Serving Personnel & Management
  5. Retail and Wholesale Sales Persons
  6. Secretaries, Medical Secretaries, and Clerical Support Staff
  7. Child Care Workers
  8. Maids and Housekeepers
  9. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  10. Social and Human Service Assistants

Skyline on Lake Champlain.
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New England Culinary Institute VT

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Culinary Institutes in VT

Education and Training

  • Burlington College
  • Champlain College
  • Community College of Vermont
  • New England Culinary Institute [NECI]
  • Saint Michael's College
  • University of Vermont

Changes and New Development in Information Technology

Similar to New York's Dutchess County, the well known IBM company is the largest employer in Burlington and in the entire state of Vermont, with approximately 6,000 employees.

After a layoff of 180 in June 2008, IBM Vermont opened positions in Technology Development, planning to increase numbers of new products and jobs along the lines of the 1000s of employment slots that opened 200 miles south in Dutchess County in early 2009. Jobs continued to increase in number through 2015 in both areas..

The next two largest employers in Burlington are in Healthcare and Education:

  • Flechter Allen Healthcare
  • Fletcher Allen Pediatrics
  • University of Vermont - located a feww doors over from IBM.

Additional largest employers in Burlington-South Burlington, as well as ranking as largest in the state include Military, Government, Healthcare, and Securities:

  • USAF Air National Guard
  • GE Healthcare Technologies
  • Chittenden Securities - Financial Products and Services
  • State Health Dept. in Burlington - Public Health Programs

Greater Burlington Area Sports

Vermont Catamounts - University of Vermont

Vermont Lake Monsters  --  An A-level league affiliate of the Washington Nationals baseball franchiss, in Burlington

Additional sports teams play inl ocal high schools and in other nearby metro areas.

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New England Culinary Institute

It's Alton Brown' Alma Mater!

Its Paid Internships most often lead to jobs offers in well paying careers. The Job Board consistently contains good jobs available specicially to NECI graduates.

Its campuses are located in Essex very near Burlington and in Montpelier.

It's offering new Bachelor of Arts majors in Sustainability, Wine & Beverage Studies, and Baking and Pastry.

These core areas join others at the New England Culinary Institute (NECI), including Classroom and Online Learning for Certificates, Associates and Bachelors degrees in:

  • Hospitality and Restaurant Management - BA and AA
  • Culinary Arts Degrees - BA and AA
  • Certificate in Professional Cooking
  • Baking and Pastry - BA, AA; Certificates in both

Alton Brown graduated from the Montpelier Campus of NECI in 1997 and found fame and a few broken bones in his TV series that included Public Teelvision, Good Eats, Feasting on Asphalt, Feasting on Waves, and Iron Chef America. For a fun review of this personality and his career antics go a presentation HERE.

Chef Brown's review of NECI is that it is like attending Medical School for two years, full of serious, useful training.

Other culinary dignitaries from NECI include Personal Chef for the Chicago Bulls, Steven Jackson; and Test Kitchen Manager for Eating Well Magazine, Mariana Valesquez.

Read restaurant reviews of Burlington's dining establishments at Hungry Burlington.

Artistic Dishes from Classes at NECI

University of Vermont is a Great School!

The University of Vermont received a large fund for new athletic scholarships in 2008 and offers educational programs and degrees in a full range of majors, along with an Agriculture and Sustainability program, a teaching hospital connected with its College of Medicine (Fletcher Allen Health), a Graduate Program, Ongoing Professional Development and Continuing Education, and Internship Placement. The College of Medicine has been ranked 5th in the nation for high quality physician training and care results by US News and World Reports magazine..

Overall, in 2008 The University of Vermont was ranked 40th in the nation by Business Week magazine for highest salaries among US graduates with Bachelors degrees. In addition, UVM was recognized because it's Alumni with 10+ years employment are now earning $194,000 on average.

At the same time, Forbes.com ranks UVM at #1 in New England and #18 as a top school in America. The Kaplan College Guide has named UVM as one of the Top 25 Environmentally Responsible Schools in the US for its courses as well as green business operations. related to this, the City of Burlington has enacted several successful "going green" initiatives throughout the city and in each individual neighborhood.

Current major research focus at UVM centers on

  • Community, Place, and Change
  • Environment and Natural Systems
  • Economic Vitality
  • Bioscience and Health

Mountains, Waterways, Open Spaces, and Forests

Burlington, the county seat of Chittenden County, bills itself as one of the best places to live in America. It sits on the east shore of Lake Champlain, in between the Adirondack Mountain and Green Mountains that provide gorgeous scenery as well as outdoor sports all through the year.

An activist city, Burlington has opted to become Sister Cities with a least a dozen towns around the world and has helped Southern US cities hit by hurricanes in recent years. Burlington has also dedicated itself to reducing greenhouse gases and to develop additional green buildings, green collar jobs, and other sustainability projects.

Burlington's urban revitalization initiatives have extended to the waterfront to bring a high quality of life and a stronger economy to these areas of town. Another project is an improvement of each neighborhood in town,with residents' aid. The city government has begun a citywide climate action plan and an urban forestry development project as well. Burlington is becoming quite a leader in sustainability as a city.

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Netters 8 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

That's good to know. I used to live in Rutland, VT. Very nice scenery up there. Thank you for the article.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I think I should have gone to one of these Culinary Institutes about 15 years ago. I'd have my own resaurant and food show perhaps now, probably a cross between Alton Brown and Anthony Bourdain (without the cursing, usually, LOL).

Best regards and thanks for posting!


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

You've got to have the cursing!


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sceptic 8 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

Great hub love that photo the scenery seems to be very nice there!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Christoph - My cursing is limited to 2 low-level 4-letter works and since I do not curse 99 44/100% of the time, those two are very effective for me. I alert all around me too, that for me, gum chewing is the same as cursing, so look out when they see me chewing it! :)

sceptic - Thanks for visiting and the coutnryside there is indeed lovely.

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