A state education fund is helping to make secondary education for Vermont high schoolers more attainable. The McClure Foundation’s Free Degree Promise is working with the Community College of Vermont to build on the Early College Program that already allows seniors to spend their final year of high school at participating colleges around the state. The promise of a free associate degree could be a game-changer for many Vermont young adults. Carolyn Weir, the executive director of the McClure Foundation, says the offer is aimed at helping a subset of young Vermonters who do not plan to pursue a secondary degree or career training after high school. The offer is available to current 8th to 11th graders and promises to pay for tuition, books, fees, and other costs at Community College of Vermont campuses. “We don’t know quite how many students will enroll but a promise is a promise. We will guarantee to cover those costs no matter how many students enroll.