Training & Workforce Investment

The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce talent development programs and initiatives spans the talent continuum from high school students through to senior executives, providing our members the talent they need for their businesses to thrive.


LCRCC is one of the only Chambers in the nation that manages a high school internship program. Training Interns and Partnering for Success (TIPS) is a job skills course to prepare high school students to enter the workforce. Administered in partnership with area high schools, education providers, and local businesses, the 20 hour course develops professional, communication, and basic soft-skills in the classroom (resume writing, interviewing, etc.). The goal of the program is to have students successfully complete a 40-hour internship at a local business or organization in a student’s field of interest. Students earn high school credit for completing both the class and unpaid internship. For many students, this “job shadowing” opportunity reinforces their vocational interest, while others have learned through their internship that the job they imagined is not exactly the same as the actual job.

Learning Objectives:

  • Research personal strengths and careers of interest
  • Conducting a job search
  • Compose and construct a complete resume
  • Develop professionalism and interview skills
  • Increase understanding of workplace culture
  • Compose a cover letter to an employer of interest
  • Develop professional communication skills
  • Appropriate use of social media
  • Conflict resolution in the workplace

The internship training plan includes goals that the intern and his or her supervisor develop, including:

Work Ethic and Professionalism:

  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Workplace appearance
  • Accepting direction and feedback,
  • Motivation and initiative
  • Understanding workplace culture, policy, and safety.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  •  Speaking and using appropriate language
  •  Active listening and understanding
  •  Interacting with co-workers and supervisor

Who is TIPS for?

TIPS is available for students in participating TIPS high schools who are motivated to learn more about working independently in the community and want to gain field experience. Hosting an intern is also a great opportunity to provide students with real-life experience and make a difference growing Vermont’s workforce. Click here to learn why you should host an intern. For more information, contact Cathy Davis.


Burlington Young Professionals

BYP is made up of Vermont's most passionate, authentic and driven future leaders. Our number one goal is to create a meaningful, cohesive network in which aspiring professionals can meet each other, network, gain career enhancement skills, and explore ways to give back to our community. There is no age requirement, and program topics are developed for members in the earlier and mid-stages of their careers (first-time home buying, entrepreneurship, professional development). Participants support an annual kickball tournament, which raises funds for a local non-profit community organization. To get involved, click here.


Professional Mentoring Program

LCRCC’s Professional Mentoring Program provides up-and-coming professionals with unprecedented, one-on-one access to business leaders in our community. The competitive program requires a 6-month commitment where mentees and mentors, matched by industry and interests, meet a minimum of one,  time each month to discuss mentee goals and challenges. Many mentors continue to advise and counsel mentees long after the term ends. The program enables participants to gain support and feedback as they seek to grow personally and professionally.

To apply for our 2018 program, complete the application here. Applications are due by July 31, 2018. Mentors are identified based on their experience and the applicant's specific needs.

Past mentors have included:  

  • Cairn Cross - Fresh Tracks Capital
  • Mike Schirling - VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Judy Peterson - Visiting Nurse Association
  • Stephanie Miller Taylor - REM Development
  • Kurt Gruendling - Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom
  • Ernie Pomerleau - Pomerleau Real Estate
  • Jesse Beck - Freeman French Freeman
  • Stephanie Wernhoff - People's United Bank
  • Dawn Francis - Town of Colchester
  • Matt Dodds - Brandthropology
  • Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power
  • Bill Shouldice, President and CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear
  • Martha Maksym, Executive Director of the United Way of Northwest Vermont
  • Sara Byers, President and Co-Owner of Leonardo's Pizza and Leonardo’s of Vermont
  • Al Gobeille, Owner of Gobeille Hospitality
  • Jeff Beer, Co-Founder and Principal of Select Design
  • Beth Fastiggi, President of FairPoint Communications
  • Bill Schubart, Author, Chair of VT College of Fine Arts, Principal of Non-Profit Governance and Strategy, Director The Hinesburgh House


Leadership Champlain

The area’s preeminent community leadership program, Leadership Champlain has engaged and inspired leaders for over 30 years. Participants in the 10-month program can expect a deep immersion in community issues with leaders in the state; a greater understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce; development of their individual and collaborative leadership skills; and exposure to our civic system’s interrelationships. Leadership Champlain has more than 1,000 alumni, who frequently connect and reconnect with classmates to brainstorm, problem-solve, collaborate, and celebrate personal and professional achievements.   As a leader in the Leadership Champlain class, you will gain insight into the Vermont community through:

  • Active learning with Vermont’s economic leaders,
  • Team-based learning on real Vermont community issues,
  • Networking and exposure to community leaders.

The Leadership Champlain program incorporates a ten month program with concentration in team building; emotional intelligence; and preparation for a culturally diverse workforce. The program provides a two-day overnight retreat, eight seminars days, and two team projects. Applications are available in February for June admissions decisions. The program runs from September through June. To learn more or apply click here. Questions? Contact Victoria Colarusso.


Vermont Talent Pipeline Management

Vermont Talent Pipeline Management (VTPM) is a two-phased approach to rethinking the development and sourcing of Vermont’s future workforce. Leveraging lessons learned from supply-chain management, VTPM expands the role of employers as end-customers of education and workforce systems. The Lake Champlain Chamber is a founding partner of the Vermont Talent Pipeline which is a program supported by the Vermont Business Roundtable.


Relocation Services

The Chamber answers hundreds of requests annually for information on moving to our region. We supply members with relocation packets to provide potential employees and our website features information on moving here, connections to relevant services and testimonials about why our region is a great place to live and work. Looking for information on relocating? Contact us!