About LEAD

LEAD is organized around three themes and the underlying questions each theme generates.

  • Engaged Citizenship: Who am I? Who are we? What are my strengths and weaknesses? How can I use these strengths to better work in teams or support my community?
  • Managing a Lifelong Career: What am I going to do? What are my passions and interests? How can I integrate those passions and interests into my career? Looking beyond graduation, where do I see myself in 5 or 10 years?
  • Gaining Financial Sophistication: How will I start to pay back student loans? How much money will I need to study abroad? What are job benefits, and why do I need them? How can I get my credit report?

Engaged Citizenship

Students will engage in experiences that will broaden cultural and/or community awareness during their first year, like:

  • Cook a meal at the Ronald McDonald House
  • Volunteer for COTS, a local homeless shelter
  • Mentor a child as a part of the AIM program
  • Attend an IDEA workshop to increase our awareness of diverse identities on campus
  • Propose an activity of your own design

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Managing a Lifelong Career

Year One

Students will complete their Career Profile on JobSpot, Champlain's online career management platform and job board. This will be your go-to resource for finding employment and internship opportunities while you are a student and beyond. Completing your JobSpot account profile will enable your Career Collaborative office advisor to customize your career development plan.

Year Two

Your sophomore year will be devoted to lifelong career management. It will start in the fall when you'll attend Sophomore Symposium, a conference-like program with a professional keynote speaker and breakout sessions on lifelong career management topics. Over the course of your sophomore year you'll learn how to strategically market yourself by attending a workshop with students in similar majors, facilitated by your Career Collaborative office advisor.

Year Three

During your third year, you'll expand your ability to build a career by choosing from among many professional workshops, like social networking, online job research, interviewing skills, etc.

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Gaining Financial Sophistication

Year One

Students will complete an online Financial Assessment before arriving on campus. This assessment stays confidential and is used to better understand our students' financial knowledge, and as a reference to help us deliver more relevant content throughout the year via seminars, workshops and other financial literacy events.

Throughout their first year, you will begin their financial literacy education by choosing one event from a selection of many options such as:

Years Two-Three

Students will continue to develop financial skills through in-person workshops and online activities. Students can select from a broad selection of workshops, such as:

Year Four

Students will complete an exit financial assessment. The assessment is completed online and is due before registration for Spring semester classes.

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