Champlain's Virtual Gap Program is a semester-long, inspiring journey into academic college life, holistic well-being, and finding meaning through virtual internship and service experiences. It's is an innovative and exploratory experience for high school graduates who are looking for a transformative, learning adventure before college.
Change Yourself. Change the World
At a time when a traditional gap year isn't possible, we created the Virtual Gap Program to help students use this time to find their way forward into a rich and meaningful life.
During the program you’ll make the key connections—intellectual, interpersonal, and professional—that will provide a solid foundation for your future success. With expert mentoring and hands-on learning, you will emerge from your gap semester with direction, experience, purpose, and a stronger sense of self.
Your Intellectual Self
Experience the difference of college-level academic thinking. Expose yourself to big ideas and learn to think in bold new ways. Quick hit, engaging interactive learning sessions will open up your world. Our leading experts get real on Big Idea topics like Having Impact in the World, Machine Learning, Design Thinking, Relationships and Love, Identity (Gender, Race, Class, etc), and many more. Through guided discussions and self-reflection, you’ll develop informed perspectives on issues that matter.
Your Mind, Body, Spirit Self
Discover how to connect with yourself on a deeper level and learn the habits that lead to a happy, fulfilled life. Over the 15 weeks, you’ll explore the science of wellness and the art of self-care. Guided by Kimberly Quinn, Ph.D—Champlain’s Well-being and Success Coach—our wellness module will teach you how to handle stress and anxiety using techniques based in proven scholarly research so you can flourish and thrive in all aspects of your life.
Your Professional Self
Align your interests and strengths with potential career paths, get practical, hands-on experience, and start developing your professional profile. Guided by mentors from the Career Collaborative and Champlain Centers of Experience, you’ll take on an internship, service learning project, or volunteer experience. You’ll collaborate with fellow students and industry insiders on work you will be proud to call out on your resume and LinkedIn profile. (We’ll help you with those, too!)
Eligibility: Program is open to students who graduated high school by August 2020. We encourage all students who have postponed attending college to apply.
Format: Virtual (will include live sessions, self-paced lessons, and virtual hands-on experiences)
Cost and Session Information
Starts August 31, 2020 for 15 weeks
Program Options & Costs - Choose from two levels of participation:
Level 1: Virtual Gap Program (3-credits): $5,000
Level 2: Level 1 + one 3-credit course: $6,800 (financial aid eligible*)
*To be eligible for financial aid, participants must be admitted into a Champlain degree program and meet the requirements for federal financial aid.