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Four WVU Parkersburg CIT students advance in national IBM programming contest.
CONTACT: Contact Jenny Dawkins, assistant professor of computer information and technology, 304-424-8000.
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Four West Virginia University at Parkersburg students advanced to the second stage of a three-part challenge in a nationwide IBM mainframe contest recently and one advanced through all phases of the competition.
More than 1,085 college students from the United States and Canada vied for honors in the IBM "big iron" contest. Contestants used on-line mainframe systems to tackle real-world problems using storage management, Java, and IBM DB2. The contest consisted of a three-part challenge where students had to properly complete one level before moving on to the next level.
The four WVU Parkersburg's computer and information technology majors were among 600 students to successfully complete Part 1. The Parkersburg students included Jennifer DeLoach, Nichol Meeks, James Register, and Michael Tuell.
Tuell went on to complete Part 2 and Part 3. He received an honorable mention in the contest.
"Competition in part three was extraordinarily tough and students had to demonstrate exceptional intelligence, perseverance, and exemplary mainframe skills," noted Jenny Dawkins, WVU Parkersburg assistant professor of computer information and technology. "This is a remarkable achievement for our students, and especially for Mike, as the students are in their first year of the college's bachelor's in applied technology program."