Womens Small Business ProgramWINTER/SPRING 2022 SCHEDULE

These classes and programs are free unless otherwise marked, and open to adults 18+. All genders welcome unless otherwise indicated. Check back for more offerings coming soon, including Mercy Marketplace. For more information, call (802) 846-7063. 

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U.S. Citizenship Test Preparation

SCHEDULE & LOCATION:  1/19/22-6/9/22, Mondays 12:00-1:30, Zoom  •  Mondays 3:30-4:45, In person at Mercy Connections •  Wednesdays or Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am, In person at Mercy Connections or Zoom. (Each matched pair will meet at one of these times weekly during the semester)
INSTRUCTORS: Melissa Lang & Tutors

Adult learners are matched with skilled tutors one-on-one to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Students will study United States history, government, and geography. Each class includes practice questions and answers from the U.S. Citizenship Test and time to practice English Language Learning skills. Staff can also assist in the test application process. REGISTER

English Language Learning (ELL) & Academic Tutoring

SCHEDULE: Tuesday or Wednesday mornings 9:00-11:00, 1/18/22-6/8/22
LOCATION: In-person at Mercy Connections
INSTRUCTORS: Melissa Lang & Tutors

Adults are matched with trained tutors one-on-one to improve skills in reading, writing, math or English Language Learning (ELL). Each student is provided an individualized education support plan. REGISTER


Opening to Your Life (2-week Workshop)

SCHEDULE: Wednesday 9:30-12:30, 1/19/22 & 1/26/22
LOCATION: Online, via Zoom
INSTRUCTOR: Heather Gilbert

Come discover and honor your strengths and all that brings joy and balance to your life. Through a series of activities and reflections, you will focus on your authentic self and learn core life skills that promote self-development and positive connections.  REGISTER

Developing Self (5-week Class)

SESSION I: Monday & Wednesday 10:00am- Noon, 1/31/22 -3/2/22, online via Zoom,
SESSION II: Monday & Wednesday 10:00am- Noon, 5/23/22-6/22/22, location TBD
INSTRUCTOR: Heather Gilbert

Take a great first step on a journey to overcome life’s challenges. You will learn to reflect on experiences and re-frame their impact on your future. Participants will reconnect with core strengths and values, and gain a new sense of belonging. REGISTER

MAP! - Make an Action Plan (15 weeks, Open/rolling enrollment)

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 11:00-12:30, 1/25/22-6/7-22
LOCATION: Online, via Zoom
INSTRUCTORS: Heather Gilbert & Kelly Moran

Come make an action plan to get ahead with the life you want to lead after the pandemic. Each week we have guest speaker presentations introducing participants to resources available in the community and how to access them and build connections.  Participants will learn about and develop their own SMART goals and then take steps to implement their plan, with assistance from the instruction team.  Some examples of resources shared include supports for mental or physical health, financial services, news and access to technology, and many more. REGISTER

Vermont Community Leadership Training (15 weeks)

SCHEDULE: Thursdays 1:30-4:00pm, 1/20/22-4/28/22
LOCATION: Online, via Zoom
INSTRUCTOR: Heather Gilbert

Want to make a difference in your community? This program will provide you with leadership skills to help with this. Our one-of-a-kind leadership and civic experience combines exciting community-based projects with leadership and self-awareness activities for all abilities. As you participate, you will gain confidence and find your voice about the issues affecting you and your family. REGISTER

Setting a Direction (2-week Workshop)

SCHEDULE: Monday 1:30-4:30pm, 2/14/22 & 2/21/22
LOCATION: Online, via Zoom
INSTRUCTOR: Heather Gilbert

In this two-day workshop, you will explore how your experiences, challenges and opportunities can move you in a direction of new possibilities. Creative activities will invite you to understand and claim your courage as you chart your life journey and practice skills that support life change. REGISTER

Connecting Today to the Future

SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 9:30-12:30, 3/9/22 & 3/16

More information coming soon!

Inspire Your Life

SCHEDULE: Mondays 1:30-4:30, 4/11/22 & 4/18/22

More information coming soon!

Setting Course for Summer

SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 9:30-12:30, 5/11/22 & 5/18/22

More information coming soon!



SCHEDULE: Thursdays 11:00am-Noon, 1/20/22-6/9/22
LOCATION: Online, via Zoom
INSTRUCTOR: Sr. Ann Duhaime

Circle is a supportive online experience where people reflect on peace, hope and healing. Participants find renewal and gain strength as they listen to and talk about experiences and insights. Take this special time to feel part of a nurturing community and imagine new possibilities!  REGISTER (Open Enrollment/ Drop In)

Vermont Women's Mentoring Program - New Mentor Training

SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm, 3/2/22 - 3/30/22
LOCATION: Online via Zoom
INSTRUCTORS: Joanne Nelson, Kelly Moran, & Guests

Interested in becoming a mentor to a woman involved in the justice system?  This training program prepares volunteers for mentorship by providing education, skills, and support on issues which affect the re-entry process. Women interested in the training do not need to have prior knowledge of the criminal justice system or mentoring experience to participate. This is an amazing way to make a lasting difference in someone's life.  LEARN MORE

Pens & Pages

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 2:30-4:30pm, dates to be announced
LOCATION: Online, via Zoom
INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Lang

Adults in this class will read, write about, and explore Black and African American experiences in the U.S. through fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Writing exercises will encourage creativity and reflection. Students will support each other through intentional listening and focused feedback. REGISTER


Idea to Action: Your Three-Week Roadmap to Self-Employment

SCHEDULE: To be announced

Are you considering making the leap to self-employment? Got a business idea but not sure if the entrepreneurial life is for you? Join us for Idea to Action, a three-week course on preparing for life as an entrepreneur, and find out! Tuition $45 (scholarships available).

Start Up

SCHEDULE: To be announced

Start Up is a class designed to support a cohort of women who are small business owners or who want to launch a new business.  Accepted applicants will gain knowledge and build skills critical for a successful business, using the framework of writing a comprehensive business plan to include finances, marketing and organizational development. This program was started at Trinity College in 1989 and has educated hundreds of business owners. Read more and inquire about the next semester.