Champlain College Named National Center Of Excellence For Digital Forensics

Opening of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College in 2012

Champlain College has been designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Champlain is the first school in the northeast, the only private college, and the fifth higher education institution in the country to receive this distinction. Champlain College is a private, nonprofit college that offers professionally-focused bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and certificates to more than 3,000 students on-campus and online.

As a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence, Champlain College meets or exceeds the standards set forth by the DC3 to be leading educators of future digital forensics professionals. Champlain College has produced highly sought after graduates within its digital forensics and cyber security programs, many whom have received job offers across a broad range of industries well before graduation.

"Being the first school in the northeast to receive the DC3 designation as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence is an incredible honor," Jonathan Rajewski, assistant professor and director of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College. "Our educators work diligently to ensure our students are equipped with the latest technology and knowledge available in the digital forensics, and by being designated as a CDFAE, we are ensuring that our curriculum aligns with the growing needs of the cybersecurity industry."

The CDFAE program was born out of the need to develop highly-skilled professionals to address the explosion in digital crimes occurring in every area of government and industry throughout the world. DC3 established this program to address specific skills the Department of Defense identified as crucial for specialists to possess in the high-stakes professions of cyber security and digital forensics. The CDFAE designation creates an opportunity for colleges and universities to work with the government to ensure graduates are prepared to support the increasing digital forensic demands on law enforcement, government and corporate security.

The CDFAE designation is the most recent recognition the college has received for excellence in digital forensics and cyber security education. Champlain College is also a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as a Model Electronic Crime and Digital Investigation Programs institution by the National Institute of Justice. Additionally, the college was named Best Cyber Security Higher Education Program for 2013 by SC Magazine.


Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu


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