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Titan Coders win first place

Titan Coders 2019

The St. Petersburg College Intercollegiate Programming Team, the Titan Coders took home first place in the Florida Intercollegiate Programming competition on Saturday, April 6.

The Titan Coders beat out seven other Florida college. The competition which is open to all students who are enrolled at least part-time at a Florida state college allowed contestants to use Visual Basic.NET, Java, C++, Python, C#, and/or C, or a combination of those programming language to solve programming problems.

Judging was based on a predetermined set of expected results for each problem. Outside of those parameters, the only criterion for successfully solving the problem is a working application that follows the requirements set forth for that problem. The first place prize, based on a compilation of the team’s individual scores, was $500. Joshua Welch placed third in the individual competition winning a $100. He beat 80 other students, making him one of the best programmers in Florida. In their first competition in 2017, the Titan Coders placed second in the state as a team, and took home a second place individual trophy.

Academic Chair Dawn Ellis said that the win was a direct result of preparation and practice.

“After last year’s competition, a site was created within MyCourses called Titan Coders, in which every student who had completed Introduction to Computer Programming was enrolled,” Ellis said. “There, they could access the forum, where problems from past competitions were presented in order for them to practice their coding skills. SPC students took home the trophy this year because they are well prepared for programming challenges by the CCIT faculty.”

Congratulations to our Titan Coders, who have demonstrated what it means to be Titan Strong. They excelled individually and as a team in the face of challenging problems, and tough competition. The team will continue to move from strength to strength, and the only thing better than this year’s competition is the next one. Join the Titan Coders, learn more about technology programs at St. Petersburg College.

Women2STEM Kickoff Hosts Capacity Crowd

Women2STEM tower building

The second annual Women2STEM workshop series held its kickoff event at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus in July. Women2STEM encourages women to enter science, technology, engineering and math careers. Workshops start on July 15th, and are held every Saturday until August 5th. 

There was a tremendous response to this year’s event and the kickoff hosted a capacity crowd of guests, educators, and industry experts. It was a great opportunity for many women to learn about STEM careers from women who work for organizations like Morphogenesis, Tech Data, Florida Wildlife, and MedXChange. They helped guests with a hands-on exercise, just like the ones that are used in the Women2STEM workshops.

Breaking into teams, each tasked with building the highest stable tower, as quickly as possible. It was a great way to teach the importance of teamwork, nonlinear thinking, and problem solving skills.

The workshops started July 15 through Aug. 5. These Saturday events feature lots of cool exercises such as a biology murder mystery.

After the exercise, a panel discussion provided information on getting started in STEM.

The panel was moderated by Student Success Manager Kay Morgan and Dr. Natavia Middleton, the Dean of Natural Science and Engineering. Panelists talked about the importance of people skills, mentors, and what they like about working in the field. After the panel, guests had the chance to speak with members of the panel and STEM educators. It was the perfect introduction to these in demand fields by women who have already built successful careers there.

Some highlights from the #WOMEN2STEM Social last night at #SPCollege's Clearwater Campus.

Posted by St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

STEM at St. Petersburg College

From the new Biotechnology Engineering program to computer programming, STEM skills are in demand.

Interested in a STEM career? Learn more about St. Petersburg College’s Science and Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering, Manufacturing, and Building Arts programs on the college website.

And plan on attending future Women2STEM events at SPC:

Learn about a career in IT at Women2STEM

Epi Center students

Ready for an opportunity to make more than 30 percent more money? Want to help people stay safe online? The Women2STEM seminar could be your first step toward a rewarding career in information technology!

This four-week seminar starts on July 9 and meets every Saturday until July 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus.

Attendees will:

  • learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math from women who are leaders in their fields
  • receive guidance on how to achieve their academic and career goals, along with life management tips from the pros
  • receive a free lunch

Learn what it takes to become an information technology professional with some of the best companies in the Tampa Bay area. Now is the time to move to a career that provides job satisfaction and more money.

Demand in STEM fields

Employers want to hire women for careers in STEM fields. Right now women represent nearly half the workforce but less than a third of STEM fields.

There is a real demand for women in these fields and a paycheck to match. Women in STEM typically make 33 percent more than women in non-STEM fields.

Opportunities in IT

The information technology field is in demand in Florida, and this seminar is your chance to be a part of it.

There is plenty of opportunities within the information technology field. From programming software for the latest computer to keeping businesses safe from hackers, there is something for everyone in IT. This is important work, and a great field to build a career in.

Don’t miss out! Get a fresh start in STEM! Join us July 9 and continuing on July 16, 23 and 30 on St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus. Learn more about the Women2STEM program in the the college news blog.

Have questions? Contact Marcia Martinez at (727) 791-5951.

SPC computer networking student honored at Midtown

Computer Networking student honored

SPC computer networking student Robert Hindmon was given the College of Computer and Information Technology (CCIT) Student Award on April 21, at SPC’s Midtown Campus.

Given to a technology student that excels in the program, Hindmon was praised for his dedication in his studies and his positive attitude.

“I have had Robert in three of my classes at the Midtown Campus,” said Laura Malave, CCIT Academic Chair, Midtown Campus. “He is an excellent student and has especially excelled in Introduction to Computer Programming (COP 1000). He is always on time and prepared.”

Like many SPC students, Hindmon works hard to balance a full-time job and family with his academic course load.

“He is very enthusiastic about the course material and is always willing to volunteer ideas and participate in the class discussion and programming labs,” said Malave. “Robert is able to balance his studies with a job and family life. He is an excellent example of a CCIT student, and I look forward to his continued success.”

Computer Networking A.S. Degree

Hindmon is a sophomore in the Computer Networking A.S. Degree program at SPC’s Midtown Campus.

Our computer networking degree prepares you for software and network support positions in the IT field. With this degree, you can enter the job market or pursue further study, including SPC’s bachelor’s degree in technology management. As part of the A.S. degree, you complete an internship, providing invaluable experience for your career and choose a subplan: network engineering (Cisco) or network administrator (Linux and Windows).

Of the nine students who received awards during the Midtown Awards Ceremony, Hindmon was the only student to be honored for their work in the CCIT program.

See photos of the award ceremony on the Midtown on the campus Facebook page. This recognition is a great foundation to what is sure to be a successful career in this challenging and fast growing field.

Learn more about the computer networking degree and other CCIT programs at St. Petersburg College.