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SPC presents the Fall Technology Career Summit

St. Petersburg College offers affordable IT programs that prepare you for technology careers in demand – jobs like systems analyst, software developer and web developer – jobs that rank in the top 20 best jobs by U.S. News and World Report. You can get prepared to launch or advance your technology career and network with local employers at the upcoming Fall Tech Career Summit at St. Petersburg College!

SPC will be hosting the summit from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 at the SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N., in the Room 1-453.

More info:
  • Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
  • The event is FREE and open to the public as well as SPC students
  • RSVP online today!

The fall Tech Career Summit will feature workshops on:

Technology career

  • Breaking into Cybersecurity Careers
  • Making a career in Programming
  • How to make your career in Networking
  • Getting a job in Web Development
  • The importance of certifications
  • Plus more!

Don’t miss the Employer Room!

The Employer Room will feature employers that are willing to answer questions about their company, the industry, and potentially accept applications.

Some local employers who plan to be present are:

  • Netwolvestechnology career
  • Cisco
  • KnowBe4
  • Knight Enterprises
  • Women in Technology International (WITI)
  • Geographical Solutions
  • Cognizant
  • Vology
  • SPC CCIT … and more!

For more information on the Tech Career Summit, please contact Rosaria Pipitone at 727-341-4722 or at Pipitone.Rosaria@spcollege.edu.


Train for a long-term Information Technology career

SPC offers degrees and certificates in computer programming, cybersecurity, computer networking, web development, and technology management that will prepare you for the best technology jobs. Here is where you’ll find the right program to jump-start or advance your career.

Students at SPC get the support they need through the college’s Career and Academic Communities. Within a community, SPC students have the chance to meet and network with others pursuing similar goals as well as faculty, staff and community members who are experts in their fields.

Mob Programming Enhances Learning Experience at SPC

SPC students use Solstice lab for mob programming

St. Petersburg College is using a new approach to assist students in learning computer programming and preparing them to become programming professionals. This new approach uses an industry recognized tactic known as mob programming.

Mob programming is in; Paired programming is out

The days of paired programming are slipping away. Paired programming is a development paradigm in which one developer drives the computer and the other developer sits back and watches. One of the greatest benefits of this setup is having an extra pair of eyes to let you know when you have made a syntax error or perhaps maybe even some fuzzy logic occurring.

Today, it is more common to practice mob programming. With mob programming, one developer drives the computer while a group of developers watch and offer up suggestions and ideas during this real-time development session. Professor Brad Yourth is practicing mob programming in the new CCIT Solstice Lab, located on the SPC Clearwater Campus. Students are introduced to this concept in their first programming course, COP 1000.

SPC students practice mob programming

The CCIT Solstice Lab allows users to have wireless, simultaneous, interactive access to a real-time collaborative work environment. They can instantly connect, share control of the display, and introduce content to the environment from multiple devices.

Read all about the CCIT Solstice Lab and learn how it engages students in our previous blog post.

St. Petersburg College can prepare you to be a programming professional

Through mob programming and hands-on training, you will learn the basics of computer programming, databases, and designing web applications. All classes are taught in state-of-the-art computer labs with the most popular software and hardware. After completing this degree, you will be well-versed in the programming languages needed to create transaction-based computer applications.

Learn more about St. Petersburg College’s technology programs relating to computer programming.

SPC Computer Networking Students Explore Digital Future at Cisco Live Conference

Group photo of SPC students attending event

Some lucky St. Petersburg College computer networking students got to attend the annual Cisco Live conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando this summer.

Among those students were Melissa Zelaya and Lindsay Weber, named winners of the IT Management Scholarship for Women in Technology. This allowed them to attend the June conference at no cost to them or the college.

SPC student winners of the IT Management Scholarship on stage at the Cisco Live conference

What is the Cisco Live conference?

Cisco Live is Cisco’s annual customer and partner conference where participants build the foundation for their digital future. Participants transform their outlook, career, and potential by learning directly from Cisco’s best and brightest.

Throughout the week, participants attended seminars, discussions, and keynotes with IT leaders from around the country. They also had the opportunity to speak on stage in front of more than 1,800 IT leaders to talk about “The Multiplier Effect,” a pledge Cisco has taken to create and multiply diversity in the technology industry.

Professor Michael Gordon with SPC Students at the Cisco Live conference
Talking about the event, Melissa (right) said, “Thank you again for the opportunity. So much has already come out of it; sponsorship, another internship, and a possible job.”

Others from SPC attending the event were a group of 10 video production students from SPC’s Digital Media program. They filmed and edited footage from the event for Cisco.

The lucky student participants would like to thank SPC computer networking instructors Mike Gordon, Cedric Way and Stephen Marcinek for helping to coordinate and ensure the success of this trip.

Prepare for your career in Computer Networking

SPC offers an Associate in Science degree and focused certificates in computer networking that will prepare you for software and network support positions in the IT field. The degree will allow you to enter the job market or pursue further study, including SPC’s bachelor’s degree in Technology Management. As a part of the A.S. degree, you complete an internship, providing invaluable experience for your career.

Learn more about SPC’s Computer Networking program.

SPC presents the spring Tech Career Summit on March 14

Tech Career Summit 2018 Logo

Get prepared to launch or advance your career and network with employers at the spring Tech Career Summit at St. Petersburg College.

SPC will be hosting the summit:

  • from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14
  • at the SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N., in the Room 1-453
  • doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
  • the event is FREE and open to the public as well as SPC students
  • RSVP online today!

 

The spring Tech Career Summit will feature workshops on:

Tech table at event

  • How to be a Successful Intern!
  • Technology Resumes
  • Professional Portfolios: GitHub
  • Breaking Into Programming Careers
  • Plus more!

Don’t miss the Employer Room!

Spring Tech Career Summit FlyerThe Employer Room will feature employers that are willing to answer questions about their company, the industry, and potentially accept applications. These employers are:

  • Netwolves
  • VATC
  • Katpro Technologies Inc.
  • SecureSet
  • SPC CCIT … and more!

 

For more information on the Tech Career Summit, please contact Rosaria Pipitone at 727-341-4722 or Pipitone.Rosaria@spcollege.edu.


Train for a long-term Information Technology career

SPC offers degrees and certificates in computer programming, cybersecurity, computer networking, web development, and technology management that will prepare you for the best technology jobs. Here is where you’ll find the right program to jump-start or advance your career.

Students at SPC get the support they need through the college’s Career and Academic Communities. Within a community, SPC students have the chance to meet and network with others pursuing similar goals as well as faculty, staff and community members who are experts in their fields.

SPC Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Club Attends BSides Tampa 2018

SPC students participate at BSides 2018 Conference

BSides Tampa is a yearly Information Security Conference hosted by the Tampa Bay Chapter of (ISC)2. The BSides Tampa conference focuses on providing attendees with the latest in information security research, development, and exploits. The conference featured various presentations and demonstrations from the best minds in industry and academia. More than 750 attendees also participated in Electronic Badge Assembly, Lock Pick Village, Car Hacking Village, Capture the Flag competition, Escape Room, and Resume Review.

SPC students and faculty at 2018 BSides Tampa Conference

Club advisor and CCIT Academic Chair Laura Malave, Club President Michael Milford, and club member Frances Sanchez had the opportunity to participate in the conference as volunteers. SPC students/club members in attendance  included: Nathan Turner, Thuc Nguyen, Sabrina Mitchell, Jesus Pernia, Bradley Meister, Rodney Dillota, Jacob Bertramsen, and Violeta Tutka.

Students share experience on BSides Tampa

SPC student, Michael Milford at 2018 BSides Tampa Conference

“I had a great time volunteering at BSides, and it was great so many other students attended. I hope to see more of our students volunteering and attending Bsides Tampa,” Milford said about his BSides experience.

SPC students participate in Escape Room at 2018 BSides Tampa Conference

“We had so much fun at this conference and grew as a team by working together in the Escape Room and generally navigating around the events. In addition, we met with a few community organizations and continued to expand those relationships. Overall, it was a very successful event!” Sanchez said regarding her BSides experience.

For additional information on the Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Club, please contact, Club Advisor Laura Malave at malave.laura@spcollege.edu or Club President Michael Milford at mmilfo1@live.spcollege.edu.

Join the Club: https://tinyurl.com/CyFor

Interested in studying Cybersecurity?

St. Petersburg College offers both a Certificate and Associate of Science in Cybersecurity. These programs will prepare you to meet the growing need for college-educated specialists who can tackle increasingly complex information technology security concerns.

Learn more about St. Petersburg College’s Cybersecurity programs.

Registration Opens for the 2018 Intercollegiate Programming Competition

Programming Languages

Registration is open for the 2018 Intercollegiate Programming Competition, and St. Petersburg College students are signing up for a fun-filled afternoon of programming!

Intercollegiate Programming Competition Details

Students from colleges across the state will be participating in this programming competition, in which contestants will be given a series of computer programming problems to solve. The problems will include a set of requirements, input test data, and expected output information.

The competition is open to any student who has a minimum of six credit hours completed and is registered for at least one class during the Spring 2018 semester. Students in bachelor’s degree programs are not eligible to compete.

students preparing for intercollegiate programming competition

The Intercollegiate Programming Competition is scheduled for April 14 from 1-4 p.m. in ES-205 at the SPC Clearwater Campus. The competition wraps up at 4:45 p.m. with a virtual award ceremony. Contestants will have the chance to win cash prizes and bragging rights for their school. Third prize is a cash award of $100. Second prize is a cash award of $250. First prize is a cash award of $500 and a trophy that the winning college will proudly showcase for a year.

Registration is open until April 11, no later than 4 p.m. Interested students may register as well as see problems from previous years at https://www.seminolestate.edu/computers/competition/.

If you have any questions, please feel contact Professor Dawn Ellis at ellis.dawn@spcollege.edu.

Interested in pursuing a degree in technology?

SPC offers many technology degrees, ranging from computer programming to computer networking.

SPC students attend annual cybersecurity conference

Cybersecurity Conference registration sign

The University of South Florida hosted their annual Networking the Future cybersecurity conference at the Tampa Convention Center. The conference had representation in the cybersecurity field from various industries, government, military and academia that included both technical and non-technical discussions. Students from SPC’s CCIT Cybersecurity program were able to attend and benefit from the activities that the conference had to offer. Many of the discussions pertained to the emerging threats that all organizations, businesses, and institutions are having to deal with, cybersecurity best practices and research, workforce development, and the current cybersecurity trends. CCIT student James Austen said he learned a lot.

“The wealth of knowledge they have in their respective industries was great,” Austen said.

Networking the Future Cybersecurity Conference

SPC faculty and student attend cybersecurity conference
Photo credit: Florida Center for Cybersecurity Facebook

The conference had several presentations, including a morning keynote, and 12 breakout sessions, with topics such as Cloud Security, Behavioral and Human aspects of Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Threat Automation, and much more. CCIT student Peter Halpern said the keynote address on Cyber Evolution was insightful.

“His concept of ‘no more usernames and passwords’ hits the mark, as well as his point that most cybersecurity is ‘signature based’,” Halpern said. “He hit into a key area of cybersecurity which needs to be moved forward: pen testing needs to become more heuristic-based.”

CCIT students were also able to visit the vendor expo hall to see the latest tools and technology in cybersecurity that are being used in organizations today. A special thanks to The USF Whitehatters Computer Security Club, who hosted the conference’s capture the flag event in which SPC participated.

Finally, SPC CCIT students were able to network with peers and people actively working in the cybersecurity industry, have discussions about cybersecurity, get to hear some war stories in cybersecurity, talk cybersecurity strategies, and hopefully meet future colleagues or peers.

Learn more about St. Petersburg College’s Cybersecurity Programs.

This post was co-authored by Ryan Irving.

SPC Cybersecurity Club places fifth in Raymond James CTF Competition

SPC Cybersecurity Club places fifth in Raymond James CTF Competition

TitanSec, St. Petersburg College’s Cybersecurity Club, took home a fifth-place overall finish in their second Raymond James Capture the Flag information security competition on Oct. 14.

TitanSec was comprised of CCIT Cybersecurity students: Michael Milford-Team Captain, Nathan Turner, Jason Crochunis, James Austin, Peter Halpern, and faculty mentor, CCIT Academic Chair, Laura Malave.

Raymond James Capture the Flag Cybersecurity Competition

This CTF competition hosted 10 teams from various universities and colleges such as the University of Tampa, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Saint Leo University, and Florida State University. The competition also attracted schools from outside of the state such as Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Alabama.

The CTF competition is designed to continue strengthening the talent pipeline between Raymond James and colleges and universities. Raymond James is looking to expose students to challenges faced by the financial services industry and identify talent for potential internship and employment opportunities in the Raymond James Information Security and Infrastructure organization.

SPC students participant in drone challenge at Raymond James cybersecurity competition

The CTF competition included cybersecurity challenges related to: Web and Mobile Exploits, Cryptography, Digital Forensics, Data Recovery, Reverse Engineering, Physical Security, System Exploitation, and Current Events.

The winning team, UCF’s Knightsec, received a $10,000 cash prize to be evenly distributed among the students. Second and third place teams received $5,000 and $2,500.

Interested in joining?

The SPC Cybersecurity club is open to any interested students.

To join, complete this form. For additional information on the SPC Cybersecurity club, please contact Club President Michael Milford at mmilfo1@live.spcollege.edu or Club Advisor Laura Malave at Malave.laura@spcollege.edu.

Don’t miss this year’s STEM Festival on Oct. 21

Kids interact with animals at SPC STEM Festival

St. Petersburg College will host a FREE Fall STEM Festival from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the SPC Clearwater Campus.

STEM Festival fun for the entire family

Employers, along with SPC career and academic advisors, will be available to answer questions. Come out and explore, enjoy, and connect through STEM-related activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There will be music, food, themed exhibits, prizes, and demonstrations by FIRST Lego League students in grades 4th-8th.

Interested in applying to SPC? Apply at the event, and the college’s application fee will be waived!

SPC Fall STEM Festival

The following will be featured at the event:

  • Engineering
  • Biology/Health Professions
  • Computer Information Technology
  • SPC Application Fee Waiver
  • STEM Faculty, Advisors
  • STEM employers
  • DRONES
  • Rock Climbing Challenge

For more information about the event, please call 727-398-8225.

SPC students studying science

SPC offers degrees in STEM

An Associate in Arts education with courses in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or an Associate in Science degree in a STEM academic area can serve as the foundation for advanced degrees and professions such as law, medicine, business, computer science, finance, engineering, statistics, and science.

Careers in STEM play a crucial role in expanding scientific frontiers, developing new products, and advancing technology. Most of these jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher and have an average salary significantly above the U.S. average.

Learn more about St. Petersburg College’s STEM Degrees or read about different STEM careers.

SPC presents college’s first Tech Career Summit Oct. 18

Tech Career Summit

Get prepared to launch or advance your career and network with employers at the Tech Career Summit this fall at St. Petersburg College.

SPC will be hosting the summit:

  • from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18
  • at the SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 5th Ave N., in the Student Services (SS) Lobby
  • doors will open at 5 p.m.
  • the event is free and open to the public as well as SPC students

The Tech Career Summit will feature workshops on:

  • Landing an Internship that is right for you
  • Creating a perfect  IT resume
  • How to obtain a job using a Job Board
  • Maximizing your LinkedIn profile
  • The do’s and don’ts of interviewing
  • Skills to make you a well-rounded employee

Career Fair

Don’t miss the Employer Room!

Tech Career SummitThe Employer Room will feature employers that are willing to answer questions about their company, the industry, and potentially accept applications. These employers are:

  • Robert Half
  • Tech Data
  • Cognizant
  • SPC CCIT
  • … and more!

We will be announcing more employers as they sign up so keep checking our Facebook page to see who will be joining.

RSVP online today.

For more information on the Tech Career Summit, please contact Charleston Fritts at 727-341-4641 or Fritts.Charleston@spcollege.edu.


Train for a long-term Information Technology career

SPC offers degrees and certificates in computer programming, cybersecurity, computer networking, web development, and technology management that will prepare you for the best technology jobs. Here is where you’ll find the right program to jumpstart or advance your career.

Students at SPC get the support they need through the college’s Career and Academic Communities. Within a community, SPC students have the chance to meet and network with others pursuing similar goals as well as faculty, staff and community members who are experts in their fields.