This October, a group of students majoring in information technology (IT), computer science (CS), computer information systems (CIS) and related areas will gather on the Missouri State University campus to prove their technology skills.
The department of information technology and cybersecurity (ITC) at MSU will host this year’s U.S Information Technology Collegiate Conference (USITCC) regional student competition. It will take place Oct. 26-28 in Glass Hall.
USITCC is becoming the nation’s premier IT collegiate competition, networking event and professional networking experience.
Dr. Xiang Guo, ITC interim department head, is overseeing the organization and technical instruction of the event.
“The USITCC is solidifying its status as a burgeoning tradition among IT students across the country. The regional competition provides students with a valuable opportunity to prepare for next year’s national competition,” Guo said.
In past years, regional events have drawn more than 100 students, faculty, and exhibitors.
Fostering student success and industry connections
Many IT industry leaders who were eager to discover emerging talent sponsored and collaborated with the event. Notable partners include ConocoPhillips, Bass Pro Shops, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, Codefi and efactory.
According to Guo, the range of contests and activities, custom-tailored for students from freshmen to seniors, offers an excellent opportunity to highlight their skills and abilities to potential employers.
In recent years, MSU students have performed exceptionally well in the competition.
“Many students have successfully secured internships and positions with partnering firms,” Guo said.
The multi-faceted competition tests students’ skills in:
- Application development.
- Business analytics.
- Network design.
- Office solutions.
- PC troubleshooting.
- System analysis and design.
For more details on travel information, lodging, transportation and flights into Springfield, visit USITCC Regional Competition 2023.