For the past 15 years, Navicate has been inspiring and equipping youth with the skills to pursue the workforce and post-secondary education. We create real world learning opportunities to prepare, connect, inspire, and help young people achieve their goals. Navicate, formally known as Linking Learning to Life, began in October 1997 as a partnership of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Burlington School District, and the University of Vermont. Our initial charge was to develop school-to-career opportunities for all students within the Burlington school system. The Lake Champlain Regional School-to-Work Collaborative, managed by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber, was also developing career related programs and services with other schools throughout the rest of Chittenden County. These two organizations merged in October 2002 as Linking Learning to Life, Inc. Over the next several years the organization expanded and replicated some of its career and college readiness efforts in other regions of Vermont. We now coordinate programming throughout the state in 50+ middle and high schools serving over 5,000 youth per year. In 2013, Linking Learning to Life became Navicate to better reflect our next chapter.
Our mission is to improve the educational success and career prospects for youth through school, business and community partnerships.
For the past 15 years, Navicate has been inspiring and equipping youth with the skills to pursue the workforce and post-secondary education. We create real world learning opportunities to prepare, connect, inspire, and help young people achieve their goals. We believe students should be in the driver’s seat of their own learning. They should develop a sense of self to explore and pursue their career and post-secondary aspirations in a supported way. We help schools develop a career development continuum that fits their needs. We also have a menu of career and college readiness curricula and programs for schools to replicate within their own walls. We also train school and business professionals to effectively work with young people related to career readiness. These include: creating interactive career workshops to offer to schools and the development of an internship program that enhances student learning in business environments.