Joe Wyatt
Published April 20, 2017

More than 450 collegians from 48 colleges and universities were attracted April 6-9 to St. Louis, Mo., for the AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair, but few stood out like the contingent from Amarillo College.

cisstudentsinEight CIS majors from AC combined to claim seven top awards – including one for first place – at the 22nd annual conference, which this year featured stiff competition in 15 rigorous technology contests.

AC students also came away from St. Louis with three second-place trophies, one for third place, and two AC students earned Honorable Mention. The windfall of honors put AC among the top three award-winning schools at the conference.

AC’s Christopher Coffee was the recipient of a first-place trophy in Mobile App Development, a category in which students from Texas State University placed second and third.

Cody Case of AC captured two second-place trophies – one for Microsoft Office Solutions, in which a student from high-profile Purdue University placed third; and one for PC Troubleshooting. He also placed third in Visual Studio.Net Developer.

AC students Marshal Homfeld and Zackery Newbill claimed second and third place, respectively, in the Visual Studio.Net Developer contest, just behind the winning entrant from Brigham Young University, and ahead of an Honorable Mention from Purdue.

Additionally, Homfeld and AC’s Karri Bolton each were awarded Honorable Mention in the Microsoft Office Solutions category, rounding out AC’s tally of seven top-flight awards at the national event.

Also in attendance at the conference were AC students Andrew Flores, Eric Martinez and Bianca Urias. The entire AC cohort holds membership in AC’s student technology club – Bash Script Crazy. The students were accompanied to St. Louis by CIS instructors Karen Boatman, Chris George and Dewayne Higgs.