CCBC finishes in the Top Ten in CCSC-Eastern Collegiate Programming Contest

Nov 18, 2015

Only Community College and only multi-ethnic team represented in the competition!

The Community College of Baltimore County’s “A- Team” of Dorothy Carter of Baltimore City, Md., Matt Matuk of Dundalk, Md. and Joe Baxter of Ellicott City, Md. took seventh place in the 31st annual conference of The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Eastern Region, held Oct. 23-24 at Stockton University in Galloway, N.J. CCBC’s “B-Team” of Jordania Donaldson and Owen Klasmeier of Randallstown, Md. and Nicholas Warren of Cockeysville, Md. came in 17th of the 19 ranked teams. The top three finishers were Villanova University (1), Chestnut Hill College (2), and Stockton University (3). The other 4-year colleges and universities competing included LaSalle, Framingham State, Juniata, Moravian, Bloomsburg University, Mount St. Mary’s, Longwood University and Muhlenberg.

“Participating in this event develops our students’ ability to work as a team, to work under pressure, to follow leadership and to possess endurance,” remarks Darlene Cross, CCBC associate professor of Computer Science/Information Technology, the coach for both teams. “After several years of 11th place finishes, it is exhilarating to finally crack the top ten!”

Cross also notes that the fact the CCBC fielded a multi-ethnic team is significant because of the current “lack of diversity” in programming and computer science in general. “Providing these students with this opportunity helps them to believe that they CAN do this,” emphasized Cross.

Cross has spearheaded a CCBC programming competition for local high school and community college students to continue the momentum for participating in regional and national competitions as well as to spur enrollment in this field.

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