September 5, 2018

Vermont Department of Economic Development Awards FoodScience Corporation with an Education Grant to Develop Leaders

Vermont Department of Economic Development Awards FoodScience Corporation with an Education Grant to Develop Leaders


Williston, VT – The State of Vermont, Department of Economic Development, awarded FoodScience Corporation an education and training program grant worth over $100,000. FoodScience Corporation will match the grant and invest in developing employees. For over 30 years, Vermont Training Program (VTP) has been offering performance-based workforce training grants. This is the first year in FoodScience’s 40-year Vermont history that they have applied for and been awarded a grant from VTP. “The diversity of businesses eligible and able to benefit from these funds reflects the diversity of the Vermont economy and the ability of state programs to assist business and workforce development and retention,” said Governor Scott. “This retention is one of our most important goals.“

The grant will be leveraged for a leadership program. FoodScience has contracted with the Center for Creative Leadership for the education program. The skills gained through this training will improve the leadership capabilities throughout the organization. With this investment in management and leadership skills and capabilities, FoodScience endeavors to create a high-performance organization, increase employee engagement, and enable consistently profitable, sustainable, and high growth business results.

John Young, Director of Workforce Development Programs at VTP notes that “VTP leverages its grant budget to serve Vermonters across a broad range of industry sectors and puts a focus on new and innovative training projects. We are delighted to recognize FoodScience with this grant in recognition of the great things they are doing and the investment they are making in their employees and Vermont.”

Sharon Rossi, FoodScience’s CEO, said: “We are honored to receive a Vermont Training Program grant. We are matching the grant and undertaking a significant workforce development program. VTP is a strategic workforce development partner, enabling us to enhance the skills of our Vermont workforce, increase our productivity, and broaden our offerings as a Vermont employer.” Further, Rossi added that FoodScience is growing rapidly, creating the need for increased workforce development, and that “this is a significant investment in the long term success of FoodScience Corporation in Vermont.” With this grant, Gina Walter, HR Manager, noted “FoodScience will invest in world class leadership development to drive sustained impact for our team, business, and Vermont.” The leadership education program will help FoodScience leaders strengthen their ability to get the results that keep the company growing and adding to the Vermont economy.


About FoodScience

FoodScience® Corporation is a business founded on a sense of purpose, and our family heritage and Vermont values shape the way we do business. At FoodScience®, our purpose is to help you and your pet live a healthier life every day. To fulfill our purpose, we innovate, manufacture and market nutritional products for people and pets. FoodScience Corporation® brands include VetriSCIENCE Laboratories®, DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont®, Pet Naturals of Vermont®, and FoodScience of Vermont®. FoodScience® is a privately held family-owned, woman-owned company based in Williston Vermont, founded over 40 years ago, and now in its third generation of family operation.

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