“I don't know where I'd be without Business Leadership!

I now have a self-directed plan for my future.” 

-Hannah Churchill, 2016

Business Leadership

Focus Areas
  • Vision, Strengths, and Core Values

  • Career Exploration

  • Productivity

  • Innovation & Problem-Solving

  • Leadership Communication

  • Human Relations

  • Resumes & Job Interviews

  • Writing in the Workplace

  • Personal Finance

  • Business Essentials

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Work-based Learning

Instructor: Sarah Jo Marcotte
Phone: (802) 933-4003 X3008
Email: sarahjo.marcotte@fnesu.org





Business Leadership is a two-year program that focuses on personal and professional leadership development with a concentration in business.  Students will explore principles and practices of business and entrepreneurship while developing leadership skills, professional work habits, communication, and human relations skills. Community-based and work-based learning are cornerstones of this program.


BUSINESS IS THE ESSENCE OF ALL CAREERS.  This program is relevant for all career-minded students.  Skills gained in Business Leadership are not limited to traditional business fields but are transferable to all careers.

  • Facebook Social Icon
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Employability is a center-wide focus.  We focus on eight major areas of skill development demanded in the workplace: Communication, Leadership, Attitude, Work Readiness, Self Direction, Problem Solving, Teamwork, and Grit.  All students work toward proficiency in these areas and receive feedback from peers, the teacher, other members of the staff, and even Advisory Board members throughout their time at CHCC.  


Students also hone their skills in a specific Business Career Pathway that they are interested in through DECA Curriculum. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Students may choose to further their skill development by participating in DECA conferences and competitions at the State and National levels.  These events provide them with opportunities to earn awards, certifications, recognition, and even scholarship money while building confidence, leadership, and lasting relationships.


College Credit & IRCs

Students have the opportunity to earn transferable college credits and add certifications to their portfolios

  • CCV Intro to Business (3 credits)

  • CCV Business Internship (3 credits)

  • Effective Workplace Communication (3 credits)

  • Dale Carnegie Course in Human Relations & Communication (2 credits)

  • Alive at 25 Defensive Driving

  • American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED

  • W!SE Financial Literacy Certification

Post High School Options
  • Employment in the field

  • Americorps

  • Apprenticeships

  • Associates & Bachelors degree programs in business or other fields

  • MBA


Student Organization




Featured Grad: Matthew Stanley


Matthew completed the Business Leadership program in 2017 and is currently a freshman at Southern New Hampshire University studying Hospitality Management.  "Business Leadership gave me the opportunity to explore careers and gain experience while in high school.  As a result of an internship with Hampton Inn, I decided to pursue a degree in Hospitality!"  Matthew is in the degree in three program and was able to start college with 15 college transfer credits, 9 of which he earned at CHCC!