"I did an internship last summer at High Technique, a computer security contracting company, where I worked as a technical intern. It was a really neat experience. I got to work with a lot of industry firewall products. I would get a project from my boss, and he would send me off on my own to try and figure it out and do as much as I could. When I did need help, he would teach me everything I needed to know and say, 'Go ahead. Try it again.' I really liked that."
"There's a point where you have to go into the field and get real experience rather than just knowing what you learned from the book. Obviously, it's important to know the theory behind it, but when it comes to practice, you have to be able to do it and not just know it."
Nicholas, Computer Networking & Information Security majorNorwood, MADIVISON OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
"The best resource I've found in terms of preparing for a career is the school's Career Services Office. My career adviser does a great job helping you prepare your resume and look for internships. He sends out emails about prospective employers and is there for anything else you might need. The Career Services department here is really, really good. They cannot get enough credit."
"Academically, the technical courses here are taught by people who really know their stuff. They're not afraid to challenge you."
Patrick, Computer Networking & Information Security majorAverill Park, NYDIVISON OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
When I applied to Champlain, it was because of the Upside-Down curriculum, but the ITS Division interested me. I took computer programming and computer networking classes in high school that I really enjoyed and knew I wanted to look at degrees with computers. The thought of being a protector of the internet was appealing. I wanted to be the person who helped protect the public from internet threats.
Ultimately, I think I picked a really good major and school for myself. Champlain is recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, which I think will be really beneficial for me when I start looking for a job. Champlain has helped me become more practical and critical, with an attention to detail. That attention and what I've learned in my classes are things I can apply in the real-world. For example, at my internship with General Dynamics, I used what I've learned in my Cyber Defense course to audit their policies and procedures, which was interesting to do.
Champlain has really helped me realize the importance of putting in effort and seizing opportunities, and I truly believe that if you take advantage of opportunities given to you at Champlain, you will not only thrive in the job market, but you will do well as a person. Liam, Computer Networking & Information Security MajorPittsfield, MADIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
In high school, I went to a two-week IT summer program, the Governor's Institute of Vermont, and I loved it. After the program, I realized that Champlain was the school for me: it was small, and offered a wide variety of interesting ITS degrees.
I originally was interested in Web Development, but I quickly found out I was really bad at computer programming. You hear about cyber security in the news all the time, and it is a relatively new and ever evolving field, so I decided to major in Computer Networking & Information Security, with a specialization in Cybersecurity. The courses for my specialization seemed really interesting; for example, I'm taking a course right now called "Ethical Hacking."
In my major, most of my professors have worked in their respected fields; they have industry experience. They take courses to stay up to date on the latest technology and information. My field is changing every year so we're taught using state-of-the-art technology, which is really great.
I chose to minor in Digital Forensics because it will make me more marketable, and since we were named the top cyber security school in 2013 by SC Magazine and that we're a Center of Excellence in Digital Forensic Education, I think Champlain will really help me in the future.Jordan, Computer Networking & Information Security MajorMilton, VTDIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES