Connecticut Skills Challenge at UB on January 29

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Connecticut Technology Council and UB to host programming challenge. The goal: to help the state’s tech sector find much-needed talent.

Connecticut’s tech sector – desperately in search of skilled programmers – will get a massive boost in finding qualified potential employees when the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) and the University of Bridgeport co-host a Connecticut Skills Challenge event on Friday, January 29.

The event will be held on the UB campus in the John J. Cox Student Center from 10 a.m. to noon.

It is one of ten Connecticut Skills Challenge events being held at various Connecticut colleges and universities.

Upon the completion of all ten events, the 50 top student programmers will be invited to a spring 2016 hackathon to showcase their talent and—ideally—walk away with a job offer or two, said Katie Magboo, the skills challenge and talent program manager for the CTC. All students who participate in their local Challenge events will be invited to a job fair held immediately after the hackathon.

Sponsor companies Datto, A100, NewOak, Continuity, learntoprogram.tv, and Aquinas Training will be joined at that time by other employers looking for the talent being cultivated on Connecticut’s campuses.

“We started the Connecticut Skills Challenge this year because our CTC members, who include some of the fastest-growing technology companies in the state, have a profound need for programmers and tech talent,” Magboo explained. “They need to fill their open jobs in order to grow, and sourcing talent locally is ideal. The goal of the Skills Challenge program is to connect our member companies to students seeking employment and internship opportunities. We concurrently want to show students the abundant job opportunities right here in Connecticut. We want them to know that they don’t have to leave the state to find great options.”

Friday’s event will feature the skills of 65 UB students who have just one hour to complete the four-question challenge.

“It’s the largest Connecticut Skills Challenge event by a longshot. UB has the biggest computer-programming school in the state. We are excited to showcase this for potential employers,” Magboo said. “It’s really very exciting.”

“Anytime we can collaborate with groups like Connecticut Technology Council, it’s a good thing. Our students have a chance to get noticed, and employers can find talent to develop and grow,” said Khaled M. Elleithy, associate vice president for graduates studies and research at UB’s School of Engineering and a professor of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgpeort.edu

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