MiddCORE is a mentor-driven, experiential-learning program that builds skills, creates opportunities, and expands networks for tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.

One person with an idea, even with a great idea, changes nothing. Visionaries succeed with leadership skills, communications skills, and entrepreneurial insights. Building those skills and insights is the CORE of MiddCORE.

The key to the MiddCORE experience is our mentors. Each has a proven record of accomplishment in their fields, and a demonstrated ability to teach others the tools for success. MiddCORE mentors develop hands-on challenges that inspire students to think creatively, operate outside their comfort zone, and deal with ambiguity. They help students build capacities, identify opportunities, and become effective leaders.

Through its flagship immersion course, its academic internship program, and its workshop series, MiddCORE prepares students to engage the world. It is a rare opportunity for the leaders of today to share their experiences and expertise with the changemakers of tomorrow. Students leave confident, resourceful and prepared to lead. (See our testimonials).


MiddCORE Summer Immersion at Sierra Nevada College: A four-week summer immersion experience offered on the shores of Lake Tahoe and open to students and recent graduates from any institution.

MiddCORE Winter Immersion at Middlebury College: A Vermont-based winter-term immersion program offered to students at Middlebury College.

MiddCORE Workshops: One-day, mentor-based, skill-building workshops for the Middlebury campus.

Brief History: MiddCORE grew out of a partnership between founding Professor Michael Claudon and a group of successful Middlebury alumni. They shared the goal of connecting the academy with the world beyond to ensure that our students graduated with the tools that would allow them to succeed optimally. It has grown considerably since its inception in 2008, but MiddCORE remains focused on providing students with the knowledge base and skills that will leave them prepared to lead.
AshokaU_CordesInnoAward_v220MiddCORE was awarded The 2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award which recognizes high impact in education innovations.

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