Information Technology & Sciences Students

Champlain's Division of Information Technology & Science offers six programs in some of the hottest and fastest-growing IT fields in the country.

Through a combination of classroom experiences led by acclaimed faculty who have extensive professional backgrounds and extensive experience-based projects, you will get the knowledge, skills and experience you need to compete in the professional world.

You can further customize your major through the highly marketable skill sets you'll develop via specializations and minors from across the College. You'll also have the opportunity to experience professional settings through internships in Burlington and nationally, as well as abroad at our Montreal and Dublin campuses.

Read our student stories below to learn more about the Division of Information Technology & Sciences. If you think Champlain might be the right place for you, complete the form to the right and we'll send you information about Champlain.


Olivia

She found a support system.

In high school, I attended a computer crime investigation camp designed to give students a foundation in computer forensics. I had a knack for looking for evidence and solving puzzles, and the professor running it said I should give the field some consideration as a career. He told me about Champlain College and how they had one of the best Computer & Digital Forensics programs on the East Coast. When I looked at Champlain and saw the outstanding quality of the major, I fell in love.

My first class at Champlain was one in my major. I met other girls in the program, and now those girls are my closest friends at this college. The professors were  excited to see females in the field, and they were all encouraging and supportive. They pushed me to do my best, and I blossomed in this major and at Champlain.

Scott

His favorite part of Champlain is the LCDI.

I have a love for criminal justice and computers. When looking for possible career paths, I found digital forensics and I knew that that's what I wanted to pursue.

I enjoyed my time in Champlain's Computer & Digital Forensics program from the start. You dive right into relevant classes with the Upside-Down Curriculum. We got a lot of hands-on experience using forensic tools that are used by professional digital forensic analysts, and all my professors brought their experience into the classroom.

While the classes at Champlain were great, I used my skills the most in my work-study job at the LCDI. Learning is one thing, but putting what you learn into practice and attributing it to real life work is a necessity. In the LCDI, I was able to apply what I learned to help with case work that we got from State of Vermont investigators, local law enforcement, lawyers and digital forensic examiners. I used cutting-edge programs and technologies on a regular basis which allowed me to familiarize myself with the tools being used by examiners in the field.

The experience I received at the LCDI is the best part of Champlain College. I am confident that I will be able to go straight into the field right out of college and perform well at any job I get thanks to the LCDI and the classes at Champlain.

Kayla

She encourages women to study IT.

I came into college without a computer background. I truly have had the opportunity to expand on my experiences as a student and an individual. Already, I've learned so much in my second year of college through my classes, and I've gained experience through working in the LCDI and by attending the Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference in Las Vegas through my program.

I'm dedicated to helping people, particularly children, and in my second semester, I helped make a mobile application to assist investigators in the human trafficking sector and this semester, I'm working on a similar project at the LCDI. Everything I've learned in class I've applied to my work in the LCDI, where I've also gained new skills that I'll use in the field when I graduate.

I interned with the Burlington Police Department where I got to see all of the inner-workings of law enforcement. I worked on projects from mobile cases to office tasks and ride-alongs with the officers. Through inquiring with the Burlington Police Department about an internship, when they didn't even have an internship program, I learned that I had initiative. If you asked me two years ago, I would never have seen myself in that situation.

I want to encourage other women to follow in my footsteps in my field or other male-dominated fields because I've learned so much about myself, and I've definitely become more confident.

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Sam
She Knows What She Wants

I knew I wanted to go to Champlain since eighth grade, first because Champlain is where my aunt graduated from, and she's the only other person in my family who has been to college. I also love computers, but my school didn't really have much. To learn more, I went to the Governor's Institute of Vermont, which is a technology-themed camp held at Champlain. It was the best experience I ever had, so I applied Early Decision.

I loved being a Computer Information Technology major. Eventually, I want to work for IBM. At high school career fairs, I always went to the IBM table and I'd tell them I was going to Champlain. After I got accepted to Champlain, I went to another career fair and told the IBM guy and he remembered me. He told me that if I ever wanted to do an internship with them, I should mention his name. I can't wait!

Brianne

Her internships are an ego-boost.

When Myspace was popular, I realized I was very passionate about finagling with the backend code to make a better layout. It gave me a sense of self-worth and encouragement because I could figure it out on my own. I taught myself HTML and CSS and decided I wanted to spend my life doing web development.

When looking at colleges, Champlain was the only one with a Web Development major. By the time I came to Champlain's ITS Open House, the program was changing to Computer Information Technology (CIT). But I was assured that I would learn networking, databases, just a little bit of everything, and I could specialize in web development. I would be more knowledgeable in a lot of IT topics and so much more employable because of that.

Over my four years at Champlain, I became more educated, not only in factual knowledge, but also in myself and my perspective of the world. My confidence grew exponentially. Not only am I completely in love with who I am now, but I also feel like I'm so much more in tune with myself. I grew so much from a nervous, naïve teenager to somebody that can have an intellectual conversation and enjoy it.

The fact that I've so easily been able to get internships has also really boosted my ego. With all the knowledge I have, I'm definitely employable. I know I won't have any difficulty getting a job.

Zach

He's prepared for the real world.

My goal with education was to gain a usable and marketable skillset backed by a reputable institution and a degree that would increase my employment opportunities and earning power for life. Champlain College offered exactly that, with a strong reputation in technical fields and an emphasis on career and learning rather than academic development.

As early as sophomore year, I had the opportunity to work on a project for a local business. I worked as part of a team to help a local business modernize their website and create a new channel to interface with their customers.

Through Champlain, I'm more prepared for the real world. I have lived abroad, been exposed to extreme pressure and stress, failed, succeeded and made friends for life. I know that I am a more skilled, more tolerant and more adjusted person as a result of my college experience than I would have been without Champlain College.

I approached a major milestone in my life. I had the opportunity to choose a specialization and a minor that allowed me to focus my education based on what I wanted to do post-graduation. My professors came from the industry and gave helpful advice on what jobs are available and what education they require. I feel confident in my base knowledge of IT and my specialized skills that make me more eligible for jobs.

Amanda

She's advocating for herself.

I came here the summer before my sophomore year in high school for the Governor's Institute of Vermont on Information Technology. I really just fell in love with the campus and the professors, and we were doing hands-on stuff that I would be doing if I came to Champlain.

When I picked my major, I wanted to be able to stay in Vermont, and I wanted to interact with more people as well as work with technology, which is why I chose Computer Information Technology.

I really enjoyed the program, and I learned how to work with males in my field and how to advocate for my ideas more. I can bring great skills to the tech field. Technology is not going to go away any time soon, and because technology is only becoming more prominent, I know I have a future.

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Samantha

Her Education is Personal.

My dad is in computer security, and he's shown me what he does. My dad works from home, but travels for a lot for different companies, and I really like that lifestyle. I want the option to go places and travel, rather than staying in one place, and I know computer security would guarantee a job out of college.

Champlain and the Computer Networking & Cybersecurity program have been some of the best experiences of my life. I really liked the small class sizes. It was more personal. I got more out of discussions rather than just listening. What I learned and the labs that I did in my classes related to real-world scenarios directly, and I thought about how I'd be doing this for a company when I graduated. And my peers were all supportive. I feel more confident and outgoing than I was when I came to Champlain.

Liam

He Wants to Seize Opportunities.

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 helped me become more practical and critical, with an attention to detail. That attention and what I 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 learned in my Cyber Defense course to audit their policies and procedures, which was interesting to do. Champlain 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.

Six months before graduation, Liam accepted a full-time job offer at Stroz Friedberg.

Jordan
Champlain Will Make Him Marketable.

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 cybersecurity 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 took a course 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 were taught using state-of-the-art technology, which was really great. I chose to minor in Digital Forensics because it  makes me more marketable, and since we were named the top cyber security school in 2013 by SC Magazine and we're a Center of Excellence in Digital Forensic Education, I think Champlain will really help me in the future.

Alex

He was employed five months before graduation.

I chose Champlain for many reasons, but, ultimately, Champlain just felt right. I don't think I would've been as successful as I am now if I went to any other college. There were some classes where I'd do a presentation, and it conveniently applied directly to actual jobs. For example, I did a presentation on logging solutions, and then at my internship that same week, they were looking at logging solutions and I was able to give the company feedback. For my Capstone, I did Windows 10 forensics. I did stuff that hadn't been researched before, and there were cool things I found about Windows 10 that no one had published yet. I was even hired by the LCDI to be the Digital Forensics Researcher for Windows 10. Last I heard, Computer Networking & Information Security graduates had a 100% job placement rate, and I received a full-time job offer with Stroz Friedberg's Seattle Office five months before graduation. When I came to Champlain, there were a lot of people I looked up to, and I was honestly intimidated by how smart the upperclassmen were. Then, I was the senior, and people were looking up to me. I already had a job lined up for after college, and that's something I thought only the best upperclassmen were able to do. It's odd to think that I'm another success story at Champlain because I just never fathomed being there.

Sam

She's confident in her abilities.

As long as I can remember, I've been fascinated with computers. Computer Networking & Information Security gave me experience in the two sections I was most interested in while allowing me to focus on cybersecurity.

My experience in the program was incredibly positive. My professors were brilliant, and my classmates were good people. I learned more than I feel I would have in a computer science major, or something comparable, because it is incredibly more specified.

I had two IT helpdesk internships where I heavily used the skills I gained in the classroom. I spent countless hours troubleshooting user issues and computers, both remote and in-person, and I had the opportunity to meet local IT professionals and network with them. These were incredibly significant because, without them, I would not have gained the real world experience I needed to confidently walk into an employment situation after college.

Being an intern gives me a better advantage because not only do I have companies that will attest to my skills for my future applications, but also it shows employers that I'm not coming in completely blind and that I'm competent at what I do.

I'm definitely confident entering the job market. My education covered all its bases, and so I know that, even if I don't know how to do something at one of my future positions, I have the foundation to pick it up quickly and be efficient.

Andrew

He's learning something new.

When I came to Champlain, I was intrigued by the Upside-Down Curriculum and the game majors here. Game Programming was really something no other college had, and at Champlain I'd get right into making games. But programming wasn't my cup of tea. I had taken programming classes in high school, so the material just didn't seem new.

Working with the LCDI helped me choose which major I belonged in. I switched to the Computer Networking & Information Security major, which was a really good thing to get into, and I was seeing it every day at work. My friends in the program were saying great things about it, and it was something I had never done before. I was able to dive into certain subjects, like encrypting and decrypting data, sending messages securely, and learning things that happen around the world every day that are related to cybersecurity.

After graduation, I want to work somewhere close to home, but I'm hoping to work for the government. Also, if I do decide to something with digital forensics, I could try to work with the Burlington Police Department. Really, with Computer Networking, I can have the ability to work for any company with a website. I could manage their online web services, the security systems. With all the small businesses, I have high hopes.

Ethan

He interned in CA before his sophomore year.

A friend of mine's father works at HP Enterprise Security and told me to apply for a summer internship. I didn't think I would get in since I had only finished my first year at college, but I did. I think that says a lot about Champlain.

Everything I did used the Linux operating system. Comparing what I knew to some of the other graduate student interns, I had a big edge over them because we learned a lot about Linux at Champlain in a very hands-on way. I was able to start working immediately, while also explaining it to the other interns. It was really cool to realize that what I'd learned in my classes was something I was using from day one at my job.

I went back to HP last summer, and was given software that can monitor cloud services like Box, one of the main competitors of Dropbox. I researched and created a demo that showed what was happening in an organization. You could see who had the most deletes and the most edits, who was sharing what with whom, all in a searchable database. For example, I could look for someone at Champlain and see they were sharing a file with someone at UVM, and the product would trigger an alert. I presented my research and demo, and trained 60 sales engineers.

I hope to go back next summer, and I hope it turns into a full-time job.

Lucas

He's applying his knowledge.

When I first came to Champlain, I was in the Criminal Justice major, but as I learned more about the computer sciences and how the IT programs are some of Champlain's strengths, I changed my major to Computer Networking & Cybersecurity.

I started out learning theory at Champlain; then, I did a lot of practical work and started to understand how everything works together and applies to real-life situations. All that practical work helped me learn much faster about the field of cybersecurity.

I feel confident about entering the job market. My professors were brilliant. Most of them are professionals in their field, and the fact that they were willing to share that knowledge with their students made my education valuable. My hope is to go back to Canada and work there. My dream job would be to work with the police forces or the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

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His career is his top priority.

I first became interested in computers when we first got one in our house around the time I was in first grade. When I got to high school, I knew I liked math and wanted to work with computers, so I realized I wanted a career that incorporated the two. I looked into software engineering and thought it fit me perfectly.

By the time I got to Champlain, their software engineering program had changed to Computer Science & Innovation (CSI), but I could specialize in Software Engineering. A lot of what I did in the program involved projects. The first application I developed in my junior year looked horrible, but I played the market smartly. Within two weeks of my app deploying, I received about 1,000 downloads. After it a couple months, it was close to 50,000 downloads. I also helped seniors with their final projects. It was helpful and eye-opening to work with seniors who knew what they were doing, and I learned what I'd have to know before graduating and entering the field.

I realized over my last year that my career is becoming my top priority. I knew I wanted to continue my education to further my career; there's always room to grow and learn, especially with IT because technology is always changing. I have to be flexible, adaptable, and able to learn quickly.

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Kelly

She's glad she came here.

I was always interested in games because they were a big part of my life growing up. When I got to high school, I took Web Animation, where I learned gaming theory and Action Script II programming. I got really interested in how screwing up one little thing could make the entire thing not work.

For college, I started looking at Game Programming majors, and I'm definitely glad that I ended up here. All of my game teachers have been really supportive of me being in Game Programming. Everything I've done in my classes, I know I'll use in the future.

I'm really excited for Game Production I & II because I feel like that's when I'll first learn what I can really do. I'm also excited for my Capstone and being able to make a game with a set budget. I'll get to see what it will be like when I start making a game for myself. I can't wait to experience that and see if this is the right industry for me.

Mary

She took a leap of faith. 

Champlain's was the first letter I got that was specific to me and my interests. The College thought I might be interested in their Game Design program, and after looking at Champlain online, I went to the Open Houses. I realized how wonderful the faculty and staff here are. It didn't feel like phony smiles; it felt like everyone really wanted to be here, and it was encouraging. The success rate in terms of students getting into jobs in their fields was incredible, and the College's Upside-Down Curriculum stood out to me. I'd be jumping into my major right away. Champlain seemed to have the whole package deal.

It was scary going into Game Programming at first. I didn't study programming in high school, but I really liked math. My calculus teacher was pushing me toward a major with a programming angle. I was involved in game clubs in high school, so when I discovered Champlain, I took a leap of faith. I have no regrets.

I've learned so much in a short period of time. I'm just really grateful for the skillset I've gained, and I can only imagine the skillset and knowledge I'll acquire over four years. No matter what I do in my future, I'm proud of the work I've done here.

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