When looking for potential colleges, I knew I wanted to go somewhere that my voice could be heard. I was introduced to Champlain by a high school friend, and was greatly intrigued by their Professor-Student ratio. I knew that meant individual attention in the classroom which would push me toward greater academic development. The strength of the professors here is their ability to lead a classroom in an effective dialogue, rather than simply host a lecture. This active dialogue fosters collaborative learning and benefits the academic and personal development of students. Going to school in Burlington, showed me alternative avenues in the world of business and my experience in the Management & Innovation Program has been great. I have learned a wealth of valuable information that will allow me to excel post-graduation. And I learned the ability to think critically, brain storm efficiently and collaborate a conversation around innovation. My time at Champlain has made me a valuable asset to any business or corporation. I have a more well-rounded view of the world around me, and know the value in understanding the beliefs and opinions of others. This is something I greatly struggled with before, however, since being at Champlain, I have learned to open my mind to the ideas of others, understating that this collaboration of ideas is what truly drives innovation.
Justin, Management & Innovation MajorFishkill, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Jacob's classes have helped him learn about the working world...
Your classes here set you up for a working environment and, more importantly, a modern professional environment. Students here are up-to-date on the new trends that are emerging in the workplace, in terms of the relationships employees have with each other and the responsibility of an employer to their employees. Champlain is preparing us not just for the traditional business environment but for the future.
He enjoys getting to know his professors on a personal level...
I enjoy getting to know my professors as people instead of just talking heads in front of the room. The Champlain faculty are really down to earth, understanding and willing to go out of their way to help you out. You can talk to your professors, and that really promotes learning.
Core complements his Management & Innovation major...
I always liked the liberal arts side of things, and I'm glad that Champlain offers it through Core. You get to have in-depth discussions in class about philosophical issues and literature, which is something you could lose if you did computer science courses all the time or just business classes. It's another dimension to our secondary education.
He has found activities outside of his major that have also expanded his skills...
The MakerLab was a big part of what brought me to Champlain. I really love building and making things. When I toured, I said if I came to Champlain, I would want to work in the MakerLab. I've been fortunate enough to make that come true. I've created a lot of wooden jewelry with the laser cutter, and I'm using the vinyl cutter to actually make logos for Handy's Restaurant in Burlington. I'm also trying to learn how to sew on the sewing machine we have, which is something I've never done before.
And he has big plans for the future...
My dream is to eventually start my own business and to be successful in my field. Champlain has the resources to help students out with a dream like mine through our Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz®) program. I know I will be using that resource a lot before I graduate.
Jacob, Management & Innovation Major Durham, ConnecticutStudied Abroad in Dublin, IrelandROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
For Erin, the tight-knit community includes her professors.When college campuses define a tight-knit community, they only refer to the connections between students. Champlain takes that community to the next level with the amazing connections developed between students and professors. My professors create a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable enough to participate.
Champlain professors don't just stop at teaching courses-the majority of my teachers will help me find connections to internships, programs or mentors because they believe that is part of their job as well. Champlain's faculty wants to open the doors for you to succeed once you graduate and join the workforce.
On the Stiller Women In Business Club...I am the Public Relations and Communications Officer for the Stiller Women In Business Club. I enjoy being a part of the club because it is empowering to be surrounded by peers who are seeking professional expertise in the business world. To know you are not alone in learning how to network or building a network is encouraging. Having a peer to work with you through navigating the Stiller School of Business Division is motivating.
Erin enjoys the creativity involved in her Management & Innovation major...I originally applied to Champlain with the intention of graduating with a degree in International Business. I loved travelling and had taken five years of Spanish, so that major seemed geared towards my skill set. After further investigation of what the Stiller School of Business had to offer, I fell in love with the Management & Innovation major. The curriculum inspires creativity and ingenuity, which are critical traits in the rapidly-changing business world. The Management & Innovation major is able to meld structured business courses and innovative rationale.
Thanks to the Upside-Down Curriculum, she knows what to do next...The Upside-Down curriculum enhanced my education because, as a high school graduate, there is still some uncertainty to the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Being placed in courses your first semester that align with your major can encourage you to find your passion sooner rather than later. In my case, the Upside-Down Curriculum reaffirmed that my major was the right choice for me.
Where does she see herself in the future?After graduation, I see myself at Ben & Jerry's working within their Social Impact division. Living in Burlington, I have become passionate about a company actively displaying the values it says it embodies. I see Ben & Jerry's passion for their social, economic and product missions, and I want to be a part of that.
Erin, Management & Innovation majorWilmington, DEROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
AFTER CHAMPLAIN, Emily became Ben & Jerry's North Carolina Social Mission Intern.
"I know it will be a challenge as Ben & Jerry's is focusing on Racial Equity this year. I'm so ready to use my voice and passion for Ben & Jerry's to change the world one scoop at a time.
Because of the connections I've made at Champlain, and Champlain teaching me to be passionate, I truly can say I'm the luckiest girl alive. "
"The Management & Innovation major made sense to me. I had done two years of business, four years of accounting, and one year of marketing classes in high school, so I had a lot of experience already, but Management & Innovation was something I didn't even know existed. It was so different and innovative.
In my sophomore year, I did a case study on Ben & Jerry's social mission for one of my classes. That was the first time I realized that big cool companies can truly make an effort to give back to society.
I chose Ben & Jerry's as my company to focus on for every other business class that year. They were an incredibly innovative company, and I felt many areas that I was learning at the time, Ben & Jerry's excelled in. By the end of that year, knew Ben & Jerry's inside out.
During my junior year, one of my professors noticed my love for Ben & Jerry's and also knew that I worked in Admissions. He asked if I'd be willing to help create a fun Admitted Student's Day Event focusing on Ben & Jerry's. I became an intern for the Stiller School of Business and successfully planned the first Admitted Student Event Create Your Own Flavor activity.
That summer, I reached out to the Retail Operations Manager at Ben & Jerry's, who I had met through my work on the event about an internship for the fall. A week later I get an email from her stating she created a position for me with the team! I finally got to work for my dream company!
I successfully had an amazing internship my Senior year, and it met every single one of my expectations. I never realized it was possible to love your job so much. I had amazing co-workers (humans and dogs) and got to really dive deeper into what Ben & Jerry's meant."
Emily, Management & Innovation Major
Mullica Hill, NJROBERT P. STILL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Back home, I worked for Burton Snowboards and my family knew how much I enjoyed it. When I was looking for a college, they were helping me find schools that had snow and something to do with Burton. My sister found that students from Champlain College have interned with Burton Snowboards. That was enough to get me interested, and I applied Early Decision I; here I am now, a sophomore living the good life at Champlain.
During Orientation, we heard about all the majors in the business division, and my dad said I should try the new Management & Innovation program. It sounded fun. As a first year student, I was taking basic business classes, and this year, I was introduced to my first real Management & Innovation course: Creativity & Innovations. It's a marvelous class that's all about creativity and thinking, and how to make the ideas you devise innovative; every time I leave the class, I feel enlightened.
All the professors really want to help you. They strive to see that all their students are getting what they need to learn and move forward and conquer the world. Every professor reiterates that when you graduate and leave Champlain, you will have so many more tools than other students graduating from other colleges, which is definitely reassuring. As far as finding a job after school, I'm pretty confident that I will make it happen.
Alexander, Management & Innovation MajorNorth Attleboro, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
The business world is all about new innovations and ingenuity. The Management and Innovation major has allowed me to study classic management skills and simultaneously learn how to solve problems in inventive ways. In my first business class we were put into teams and worked through a business simulation for the entire semester. It allowed us to have an inside look at a business and a better understanding of the interworking processes. Each professor has a different way of presenting information and Champlain gives them the opportunity to teach the class the way they want to. This allows students to find professors whose style is cohesive with their learning and excel. The close class community and promotion of discussion has helped me succeed and stay involved. I never expected to find a community like Champlain's at any college. The second I stepped onto campus I fell in love. It's hard to walk through and not see a friendly face, so I often spend my free time in the Fireside Lounge or outside because I always run into someone to have a nice conversation with. Because of Champlain I have grown as a person. I am more mature, more introspective, more understanding and more prepared for the real world.
Meghan, Management & Innovation MajorSandy Hook, CTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I was interested in business, both working with people and in numbers, so I was undeclared in the Stiller School of Business. In the first semester, I saw all of my friends in the different business majors and the different divisions. I saw their experiences thanks to the Upside-Down Curriculum. By the end of my first semester, I knew what major I wanted and was declared Management & Innovation by the holidays.
I used Champlain's major-specific one-sheets pretty heavily when deciding my major because you can compare classes between each program. A lot of my classes were brand-new for the major. I not only had the opportunity to have new classes, but I also got to work with the professors to transform the courses in real-time. I've had the experience of an awesome professor asking me for help once I had the right knowledge.
Management & Innovation prepares me for the world I'll be in after school, with a big focus in technology. With how fast technology is changing, there are going to be jobs created that didn't exist when I entered Champlain. With my program, I'm prepared to lead those IT people.
Caleb, Management & Innovation MajorSheffield, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS