NEKLS honored as a best workplace

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Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, Inc. (NEKLS) was recently named one of the “2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont” on a list compiled by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Vermont State Council, and Best Companies Group.

NEKLS Executive Director, Michelle Tarryk, said, “Words cannot express how much this award means to me, the NEKLS Board, and our staff. Creating organizational change is hard. It requires planning, patience, and perseverance. In 2011, our organization set out to improve our work culture. It has been a long and winding road with lessons learned along the way, but we were committed to our goal of a healthy and happy organization and to one day earning the recognition of being one of the best places to work in Vermont.”

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont list includes 50 companies.

NEKLS is a non-profit, educational organization that has served the Northeast Kingdom for nearly 50 years. Over that time it grew to employ an average of 60 people full and part time.

Companies from across the state took a two-part survey to determine the award. The first leg of the process evaluated each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This was worth approximately 25 percent. The second part, weighted at about 75 percent, consisted of an employee experience survey. The combined scores determined the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Vermont and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation in the spring.

For more information on NEKLS, visit their website at, or call toll free at (844) 466-3557.

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