Champlain College a key business resource

By John Burton

As the president of NPI, a South Burlington-based managed IT services firm, I am an enthusiastic supporter of Champlain College's technical programs. Our first hire 25 years ago was a Champlain graduate who majored in chip production, but ended up being interested in servicing computer networks.

My business partner Eric Hart and I are continually amazed at the caliber of applicants we see from Champlain. They consistently display an impressive balance of theoretical and practical knowledge. This is vital to our business, because we are tasked with the monitoring and proactive maintenance of networking infrastructures.

Two years ago we hired Spencer Goddard, class of 2013, as an intern. He worked full-time for two summers and once a week during the school year on extensive research projects, as well as the implementation of key business software. Just last month he was awarded the Outstanding Computer Networking & Information Security Student Award at an annual honors event. We are very pleased to welcome him as a full-time employee, starting in June.

Recently we hired another Champlain graduate, Michelle Loveday, who graduated in 2010. She worked at a local firm and found us by connecting with the Champlain career center. Her degree in digital forensics makes her a great asset to our team.

We look forward over the next year to working with Champlain College Associate Professor Jim Hoag, who will be on a sabbatical from his usual technology instruction. Part of his time will be spent at NPI, observing workflow procedures and applying his experiences to curriculum development and to enhance his student project mentoring.

Over the years I have taught several IT courses at Champlain and Eric has been a guest speaker on many occasions. NPI has donated to Champlain development projects and views Champlain College as a key resource that has contributed to the success of many local Vermont businesses.

John Burton is president of NPI in South Burlington.

Originally printed in the Burlington Free Press, May 9, 2013

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit