ACU students' programming skills dominate contest, herald promising future

Posted June 15, 2010

They've proved it, and now they're ready to show it: ACU computer science majors have the know-how necessary to join one of the fastest-growing career fields in the nation – computer programming. ACU students topped their peers in the annual Lifeline Programming Contest hosted by ACU's School of Information Technology and Computer Programming.

According to a recent U.S. News and World Report article, computer software engineering is among the top ten best careers for growth in the current job market. The Lifeline Programming Contest allows students to develop the skills in C++ and Java programming languages necessary to pursue a career in technology fields.

The student teams from ACU, Hardin-Simmons University and Texas Christian University worked on eight puzzling problems related to computer programming. First prize was awarded to the "ACU Purple" team. In addition to gaining valuable experience, the winners received electronic keyboards, multimedia systems and video games as prizes.

Dr. Dwayne Towell, assistant professor of computer science at ACU, was impressed with the turnout and outcome of the event.

"We had more college students than we've ever had," Towell said.

That's hardly a surprise, as technology professions continue to grow in popularity. Students can use their programming skills to pursue careers in software engineering, robotics, programming, information technology, digital entertainment, mobile computing, information systems and gaming.

For more information about the opportunities in ACU's SITC, visit their website.


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