MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Agency of Education has hired an expert to help ensure technical education programs train students in the skills needed by some of the state’s employers.

The agency said Thursday that Oscar Aliaga is the state’s first ever Career Pathways Coordinator.

The goal of the program is to ensure students can get the education and training they need to get jobs in Vermont’s high-wage, high-growth careers.

The agency says Aliaga has a thorough understanding of trends in the course-taking patterns of high school students and applied learning experiences. He also has experience working with business and industry, educators and workforce development partners.

Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe says Aliaga’s hiring will “put some muscle behind” efforts to align career readiness opportunities from grade seven through to college.

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