Champlain College Hosts College Prep Program For under-served Area High School Students

Champlain College will welcome 25 high school students from Vermont, Massachusetts and New York to campus July 6-11 for "Imagine College," a six-day summer immersion program designed to help students make college a part of their reality and give them tools to navigate the college process.

Imagine College is a pilot outreach program created in order to meet goals that emerged from the Champlain College Summit last year which focused around lifelong engagement, Champlain's 2020 Diversity and Inclusion goals and the needs of the state identified through bodies like the Vermont P-16 Council. Of the students who applied and were accepted into the program, 16 are from the greater-Burlington area and nine are from New York and Boston.

The program is offered at no cost to all participants thanks to funding from the Hendrickson Family Foundation, Jim and Andrea Crook, and Elizabeth Steele. It is also supported through the Champlain College Advancement and Admission offices, and the Champlain Conference and Events Center.

"We believe students will benefit from the additional support to develop and strengthen their vision for attending college and help them navigate the often complicated college-entry process," said Ame Lambert, Imagine College program facilitator and director of Champlain's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).

"Champlain College has a long commitment to access and success, driven by President David Finney. This initiative is one more way Champlain is fulfilling its mandate/commitment to be 'in and of Vermont,'" Lambert noted.

Students will explore various areas of study including game programming, art and animation, health sciences, digital forensics, and writing, instructed by Champlain College faculty. The students will also explore career options, the college admissions process and learn about other programs on campus. Imagine College also includes team-building activities for students such as hiking Mt. Philo, identity and leadership development and lots of fun such as performing in a talent show, and going bowling.

The program wraps up with a commencement dinner on July 11. "If the program proves to be a viable option that is beneficial to all parties involved, we would explore making it a long-term part of our institutional initiatives," said Lambert.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for 2017 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Champlain was named one of the “Most Innovative Schools” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “America’s Best Colleges and #91 in the overall list of “Best Regional Universities in the North. For more information, visit