Preparing youth for a stronger and brighter future through job skill experience

Career Start

Career Start allows in-school youth to develop the personal and professional skills necessary to succeed in the job market through a customized training based on each individual’s needs


Career Start is a program for high school students. Students maintain a regular work shift during the school day in one of ReSOURCE’s departments.

What You'll Learn

Career Start students gain hands-on experience and technical skills training within a ReSOURCE department. Students also participate in monthly personal and professional development classes and earn a monthly stipend.


  • Customer Service & Retail Household Goods Store: Customer service, stock and display merchandise, and possible cash register and phone skills. 
  • Building Materials Store: Customer service, stock and display merchandise, tape measure and hand tool use, possible cash register skills, and forklift certification.
  • Office Administration: Filing, phone skills, data entry, and typing
  • Computers and Electronics: Clean, test, and price computer components and accessories. Customer service related to computers and electronics is available.
  • Cafes in Burlington & Waterbury: Stock and display merchandise, basic food handling, and customer service.
  • Personal and Professional Development: All ReSOURCE trainees will complete Personal and Professional Development (PPD) training to learn the necessary technical and soft skills to succeed in the workplace. PPD classes are intended to prepare participants for post-graduation success and focus on 5 key skill development areas: Health and Wellness, Goal Setting and Achievement, Leadership Development, Career Planning, and Financial Literacy. 

Who Can Enroll in Career Start

Enrolled high school students.


Showcase quotes from past participants or industry experts who can vouch for the quality of the workshop.

In addition to job-specific skills, Career Start students have the opportunity to learn appropriate workplace behavior and valuable soft skills in a setting that allows for mistakes. Through making mistakes, excellent lessons were learned.

-Participating School Counselor


ReSOURCE Training programs offer an opportunity for adults and youth who have barriers to employment to hone job skills and prepare for a successful work life as productive members of their communities


Contact our staff for more details and get all your questions answered.

Susan Uthmann

Talent & Workforce Development Director
[email protected]

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What is Career Start?

Career Start is a program designed for high school students to gain hands-on experience and technical skills in various departments at ReSOURCE’s Burlington or Barre locations.

High school students enrolled in school are eligible to participate in the Career Start program.

The program provides hands-on experience in ReSOURCE departments, technical skills training, and monthly personal and professional development classes.

There is a fee of $1500, but tuition is waived for qualifying Vermonters.

Departments include Customer Service & Retail, Office Administration, Computers and Electronics, Overlook Cafe, and Large Appliances, among others.

Yes, students earn a monthly stipend

Training covers Health and Wellness, Goal Setting and Achievement, Leadership Development, Career Planning, and Financial Literacy.

Interested individuals should contact ReSOURCE’s Training and Development Manager, Susan Uthmann, for enrollment details.


Please contact:

Susan Uthmann
Training and Development Manager
[email protected]

Partner Agency List

Our partners help us to provide $125,000 worth of goods to over 2,000 individuals/families in Chittenden, Lamoille, and Washington Counties, and the greater Vermont area.

  • Addison Community Action/CVOEO
  • Age Well
  • Agency of Human Services- Field Services Burlington District
  • Burlington Community Justice Center
  • Burlington Housing Authority
  • Chittendent Community Action/CVOEO
  • Clarina Howard Nichols Center
  • Committee On Temporary Shelter
  • Essex Community Justice Center
  • Howard Center Community Support Program
  • Howard Center Developmental Services
  • Howard Center School Service Program
  • Lamoille Family Center
  • Milton Family Community Center
  • Pathways Vermont- Housing First Program
  • Pathways Vermont -services for veterans and families rapid rehousing program
  • Safe Harbor Clinic
  • Spectrum Youth and Family Services
  • Steps to End Domestic Violence
  • The Janet S. Munt Family Room
  • U.S. Committee for refugees and Immigrants
  • U.S. Committee for refugees and Immigrants
  • Vermont Cares
  • Vermont Catholic Charities
  • Vermont Foundation of Recovery


Become a Partner Agency

For interest in joining our program please email [email protected] to learn more about the next application cycle or any availability in become a new partner agency.

We make award decisions each December for the next calendar year and notify partners so our clients can request vouchers.

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