People in Business: Oct. 20, 2013

Carolyn Cole has opened a law firm in Hanover concentrating on commercial and civil litigation, family law and estate planning. Cole has 17 years of litigation experience, including jury trials in New Hampshire, Vermont and New York state, and federal courts, bench trials, arbitrations and mediations. Cole has returned to private practice after seven years as inside and outside general counsel to numerous corporate clients. She attended Middlebury College and then worked as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving as a midwife in central Africa. She earned her master’s degree from Oxford University and attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. She practiced in New York City for several years, focusing on civil and human rights violations. In 1999, she moved to New Hampshire, where she entered general practice as an associate in private practice firms.

Ed Andreas, of Lebanon, was elected in September as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society for his “outstanding contributions” to atmospheric, oceanic and related sciences. Andreas was one of only 27 members of the society elevated to Fellow this year. The organization’s bylaws mandate that no more than 0.2 percent of its 14,000 members can be so designated in a given year. The new Fellows will be presented at the American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Atlanta in February. Andreas is a principal investigator and co-owner of NorthWest Research Associates Inc., of Redmond, Wash., and does atmospheric and oceanic research from his office in Lebanon. He has a doctorate in physical oceanography from Oregon State University.

Corinna Brown, of Hartland, a teacher at 4 Corners Children’s Center in Hartland Four Corners, recently completed the Vermont Child Care Apprenticeship Program, a statewide effort designed to improve the quality of child care and early education. The program combines college-level coursework with supervised on-the-job training for apprentices across the state. The nonprofit Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council and the Vermont Department of Labor collaborate on the program, which combines 4,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training with nearly 300 hours of formal training, including six tuition-free college courses in the field of early care and education. The training period typically takes two years, and registered apprentices attend one tuition-free college course a semester and must also complete community-based training in health, safety and caring for children who are at risk for abuse and neglect.

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