Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) Program

Practical Matters: Discover How to Live & Lead in Life

Do you want to get involved in the community? Are you having trouble imaging where you will be after graduation? How much of your loans, job benefits and credit do you really understand? Champlain's Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) program will help you answer these questions and many others with its workshops, seminars and activities-all designed to prepare you to meet life head on.

LEAD is a four-year program designed to help you develop lifelong skills that are practical, meaningful and useful. The skills and understanding you develop through LEAD will strengthen your ability to adapt your career to changing market conditions, help you make good decisions in difficult situations and teach you how to set and pursue short and long-term goals successfully.

All undergraduate students at Champlain participate in LEAD, and you will have your choice of events, workshops, activities and community service opportunities throughout the year from which to choose to meet your required LEAD objectives each semester in:


Engaged Citizen

Building Communities and Changing the World

As a first-year student in the LEAD program, you'll learn how to negotiate problems and respect differences through experiences that broaden cultural awareness. You'll engage in instructive and gratifying community service activities such as cooking a meal at the Ronald McDonald House, mentoring a child as part of the DREAM program, getting a feel for what it's like to be homeless by taking part in the Center for Service & Civic Engagement's Tent City experience, participating in a cultural simulation or common ground, or proposing an activity of your own and making it happen.

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Lifelong Career Management

Managing your Lifelong Career

In keeping with Champlain's focus on your professional development, you'll learn about and develop career management skills.

Year Two

During your sophomore year, you'll attend Sophomore Symposium in the fall, a conference-like program with a professional keynote speaker and breakout sessions on lifelong career management topics. In the spring, you'll continue to focus on building career management know-how and learn how to strategically market yourself when you attend a pre-scheduled workshop with other students in your major, facilitated by the Career Services Advisor for your Academic Division.


Year Three

During your junior year, you'll participate in at least one of the many workshops and activities related to Lifelong Career Management. You can learn how to use social media to your professional advantage; how to write a resume and cover letter; and explore the resources available to you to find an internship, part-time or full-time job. Take a workshop in public speaking,  or take Eric Ronis' improv-style workshop on your introductory pitch for a job or internship. If you are planning to study abroad, learn the best ways to budget your money for the four months you're away, and LEAD can help you market your study abroad experience to your advantage when you get back.

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Financial Sophistication

Gaining Financial Sophistication

Each of your four years at Champlain you will work on developing basic financial literacy skills through in-person seminars and online activities on topics ranging from creating and managing a budget to understanding how to read your credit report and keep it strong, from how to understand leases and contracts to how to manage personal investments-including enrolling in a 401(k).

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