MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two Vermont state colleges are getting a $225,000 grant to help revamp their curriculum.

The grant from the Davis Educational Foundation from Yarmouth, Maine, will be used over three years to revise the general education curriculum for both Johnson and Lyndon state colleges into a single program.

The two colleges are in the process of merging. Starting next July, Lyndon and Johnson will become Northern Vermont University, although the separate campuses will remain.

The new education program will be launched in the fall of 2018.

Sharon Twigg, the chair of the writing and literature department at Johnson, says the new curriculum will focus more on critical thinking and problem-solving rather than memorization.

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