The OC Advantage
At OC, student learning opportunities aren’t limited to the classroom. Listed below are some of the extra-curricular activities that can give you an edge in your chosen field of study.
Annual ACM Programming Contest
Select students compete annually in our region 1 of the international ACM 2 programming contest. Over the last three years, OC programming teams were awarded first place (twice) and second place (once) among schools without graduate CS programs. Additionally, each of those years our teams placed as high as third and no lower than sixth out of almost 80 teams representing all major public and private universities from the three-state region (including universities with graduate CS programs).
ACM is an acronym for the "Association of Computing Machinery". This is a international academic and professional organization dedicated to computing. ACM is charged with advancing this field of study as well as setting standards for undergraduate and graduate degree programs. All OC computing-related degree programs are based on ACM recommendations. See www.acm.org for details.
On-Campus Work Opportunities
The strong university commitment to technology means on-campus work opportunities in the OC helpdesk for qualified students. Some of our students have obtained significant training and free industry certifications (e.g., A+ hardware certification) through their help-desk work. Additionally, several of our students have gained valuable software development experience through work in the North Institute, an on-campus organization dedicated to providing custom solutions for integrating technology to enhance student learning across campus. Qualified students who take advantage of these opportunities gain insight into their career plans and graduate with valuable work experience in addition to their academic preparation.
BIT (Beta Iota Tau) is OC's local chapter of the national ACM organization. BIT club members hear invited speakers, participate in field trips, work on student-led fun programming projects, sponsor a semi-annual all night on-line gaming contest, and work on service projects together. One of these service projects is the "Cyber-Buddies" program. Students in Cyber Buddies are paired with residents of a local retirement village. By providing technical support to their Cyber Buddies, students provide a valuable service to their community, learn important communication skills, and build important cross-generational relationships.
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