Thursday, April 09, 2009
USI students distinguish themselves in information technology competition
Almost 80 colleges and universities from throughout the country were represented at the national conference.
Fifty-nine students took the ACP exam. Fifteen students passed. With seven students passing, USI College of Business students accounted for more than 46 percent of those successfully completing the exam.
USI’s David Batey received the second-highest score of all students who took the exam. Other USI students passing the exam were Devin Burke, Casey Cambron, Nathan Haynes, Drew Helfert, Jason Nichols, and William Walker.
The students now hold ACP designation, which validates an individual’s knowledge of the general computing industry and specific programming language or specialty area knowledge and skills. The exam was developed by the credentialing organization, the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP).
Dr. Abbas Foroughi, professor of computer information systems, said, “The students’ performance at the conference reflects the rigor of the courses they have taken, the caliber of the College of Business faculty, and the high quality of student which USI and the College of Business attract.”
Foroughi is chair of the USI College of Business Department of Management, Management Information Systems, and Computer Science.
In other events at the conference, Batey finished first in the personal-computing troubleshooting competition. He documented and diagnosed specific hardware and software issues with personal computers in a lab environment.
Twenty-one students from USI were among more than 600 students, faculty, and information technology professionals who attended the national meeting April 2-4. Ernest E. Nolan, assistant professor of computer information systems, and Dr. Marvin Albin, professor of computer information systems, are advisors for the USI AITP chapter. They accompanied the students to the conference.
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