Colchester-based NuHarbor Security will co-locate at Champlain’s Lakeside campus, creating internships and applied learning opportunities that will expand the national cybersecurity workforce.

NuHarbor Security and Champlain College are launching a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity partnership that establishes a NuHarbor presence on Champlain’s campus for unprecedented access to internships, mentors, hands-on learning, and scholarships for students. Together, the company and the College will create a results-oriented and collaborative workforce development model for the cybersecurity industry.

NuHarbor Security CEO Justin Fimlaid (left) talks with Champlain College President Alex Hernandez at NuHabor’s Colchester, Vermont, location.

“Our partnership with NuHarbor is a leading example of how higher education and employers can come together to get students ready for in-demand careers,” said Champlain College President Alex Hernandez. “We are creating a powerful new model of cybersecurity education by integrating our world-class academic programs with unparalleled access to on-the-job training and real-time industry experience. We are pushing the envelope on what it means to be a career-focused academic institution.”

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, more than 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs went unfilled in 2023 and the trend is expected to continue through 2025. NuHarbor will lend its support and expertise to expand undergraduate cybersecurity programs at Champlain College, already a leader in cybersecurity education. Expert-led experiential learning will accelerate knowledge transfer and skill-building to shape the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. For NuHarbor, the partnership provides access to a proven talent pipeline in a burgeoning industry where demand is widely outpacing supply.

The Champlain College Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity is a world-class laboratory with state-of-the-art technology, providing digital forensics and cybersecurity services to a wide variety of organizations, from government bodies to local businesses.

“This innovative and unique partnership is a win for NuHarbor, Champlain, and the entire cybersecurity industry,” said NuHarbor CEO Justin Fimlaid. “We are growing so rapidly, innovative education partners, like Champlain, are key to maintaining our high standards for our clients. Many of NuHarbor’s current employees are Champlain College graduates. It’s exciting to work together to provide a real-time feedback loop to ensure that cyber education and curriculum stays current, relevant, and ensures tomorrow’s cyber workforce is prepared to combat current and future cyber threats.“

NuHarbor Security will establish a co-located presence on the Champlain Lakeside Campus next to the college’s Leahy Center for Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity. The building renovation will be complete in January 2025.

This innovative and unique partnership is a win for NuHarbor, Champlain, and the entire cybersecurity industry.

Justin Fimlaid, NuHarbor Security CEO and Founder

Are you a student interested in getting involved with the Leahy Center and gaining hands-on experience in a growing field? Click here. Are you a client in the community looking for cybersecurity assistance? Find out how Champlain students can help you!

Computer Networking & Cybersecurity alum Mackenzie Marsocci ’20 interned for NuHarbor as a student, and has been working for the company since. She has earned multiple promotions in the past couple years and is now a CTAC Team Lead.

The cybersecurity industry offers all kinds of opportunities, from podcasts to government work to supporting local small businesses.

NuHarbor Security will co-locate at Champlain’s Lakeside campus starting January 2025.

Champlain President Alex Hernandez is pictured networking with alumni and current students working and interning at NuHarbor. See Hernandez talk about the new partnership in this WCAX story.

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