After graduating from Fairmont State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in National Security and Intelligence, Nick Oliveto accepted a position with Teach for America in Baltimore, Md., to teach physics to seniors and science to freshmen. Teach for America helps students in lower-income communities find academic success by placing them with high-achieving college graduates as teachers.
As part of the Open Source Intelligence Exchange, Nick Oliveto was part of a team of students working to protect U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to West Virginia for a mine disaster memorial service. Oliveto helped monitor the web and social media in real time and passed along potential threats to the state’s Fusion Center. “The program offers me a chance to ‘be First’ every day at OSIX. When I enter the lab, I don’t know what I might find or who will be using the intelligence I produce – which is part of the intelligence business – but I know it will be something no one else in the intelligence community has seen or knows. That makes me excited to come to work,” Oliveto said. FSU is the first higher education institution in the state to offer a degree in National Security and Intelligence.