Lyndon Center, VT - Lyndon Institute has won a Program Innovation Grant from the Vermont Agency of Education to bring Project Bike Tech, as part of Career and Technical Education, to the region in the 2018 – 2019 school year. This program utilizes mountain bicycle technology, trail construction and maintenance, and adventure tourism education as a channel for teaching core academics.
“Travel and tourism, specifically organized around biking, is an important part of the Kingdom’s identity. We are excited that students in the region will be able to incorporate biking and technology into their core education at Lyndon Institute” said Dr. Jason Di Giulio, Director of CTE.
Project Bike Tech uses bicycle mechanics as a conduit to teach Common CORE and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) elements to students. The curriculum consists of components from the systems diagnostics, service, and repair elements of transportation, with subjects from travel and tourism, such as adventure and ecological tourism. Students in the program will also incorporate career building skills and techniques as a component of their experience, and they will leave the course knowing the basics of portfolio building, resume writing and interview tactics.
To further the scope of this new offering at LI, Kingdom Trails has signed on to collaborate by providing free passes for all of the students in the program and working with program faculty to offer internship opportunities for students. "Kingdom Trails is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with the new Project Bike Tech program at LI! KT hopes to aid in offering hands-on, fully encompassing experiences for the students, involving all aspects of the bike industry; trail building and development, retailer relationships, event and race production, marketing, and so much more! These experiences will only add to their Bike Tech certificate, building their resume as they head out into the field," said Kingdom Trails Director Abby Long who will also serve on the advisory committee.
Project Bike Tech will be a two-year program at Lyndon Institute where students will earn industry certifications from manufacturers. Whether graduates directly enter the workforce or continue on to college, they become aware of how core academic principles can be applied in real-world situations, how cycling can lead to a healthy and green lifestyle, and how to properly present themselves as a prospective employee regardless of where they pursue a career.