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Attend the 2012 AITP National Collegiate Conference March 29-31, 2012 in San Antonio!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Kevin Jetton, NCC Conference Coordinator

 2012 AITP National Collegiate Conference

March 29-31, 2012 in San Antonio

Don't miss your chance to attend, compete, network and visit with IT hiring organizations at the premier event for IT college & university students which is none other than the upcoming 2012 AITP National Collegiate Conference. The event will be held Thursday, March 29 through Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the San Antonio Crowne Plaza Hotel on the famed Riverwalk no less!


Over 500 IT college & university students from literally all over the country will be attendance and ALL the event information can be found at including conference registration, hotel reservations, scholarship application and more.

Registration includes just about ALL your conference meals during the event and is only $275 for both AITP student members as well as faculty but you must register by 3/5/2012 as that is the cut-off date for the earlybird registration rate. Don't forget to make your hotel reservations either and the $139/night room rate is good for up to quad occupancy too.

Here are just a few of the conference highlights:

CONTESTS – more Contest events than ever in the history of the event




Thu 3/29/2012


Office Solutions, Systems Analysis & Design

Fri 3/30/2012


PC Troubleshooting, Business Analytics, Security Scenario


Database Design, Network Design


Visual, Cobol, Graphics Communications

Sat 3/31/2012


Student Web Project Finalists


Java, Mobile Applications, RPG


AITP Student Chapter Banners & Shirts

*Be sure to visit the AITP NCC Contest website at which profiles each contest, provides resources and in most cases, past problem statements and suggested solutions!

SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS: that will have career booths to answer your questions and, perhaps, interview you and make you an offer for an internship or full time position!

  • RobertHalf Technology: Diamond sponsor, RHT/AITP Scholarships & Friday RHT Keynote Panel
  • USAA: Diamond sponsor, Internships/Full Time Jobs, Saturday USAA Tour
  • StateFarm: Silver sponsor, Internships/Full Time Jobs, Java Contest Sponsor
  • IBM: Cobol & RPG Contest Sponsors
  • Microsoft/Certiport: Microsoft Office Contest Sponsor, MTA/MOS Certification Exams
  • Alamo AFCEA: Security Contest Sponsor, CyberPatriot Demonstrations
  • FITE: Mobile Application Development Contest Sponsor
  • ICCP EF: Web Project Contest Sponsor
  • COMMON: IBM User Group Resources
  • ICCP: IT Industry Certification
  • Accenture: IT Consulting Positions
  • ARGO: Banking Industry Positions


KEYNOTE Sessions Friday Morning, 3/30/2012:

  • RHT Scholarship Presentation & Keynote Panel Discussion on "the State of IT Careers”
    •  *Moderated by John Reed, Robert Half Technology RHT Executive
  • USAA* Keynote Presentation: Greg Schwartz, USAA SVP and CIO
    • *Computerworld's #1 Employer in IT for both 2010 & 2011!



  • Each year, Robert Half Technology and the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) offer two $2,500 scholarships to two outstanding AITP Student Members pursuing studies in Information Technology. The scholarships awarded are based on demonstrated academic achievement, leadership activities, community service and future career interests.
  • Important Dates: Application Submission deadline: February 25 and Transcript by March 1
  • The 2011 winners were:
    • Michelle Benz (Fox Valley Technical College)
    • Aristide Niyungeko (La Roche College)
  • ALL the details to apply including the application can be found on the link from the website!


IT Certification Opportunities:

  • Thu/Fri: Microsoft MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) and MOS (Microsoft Office Specialists) Certification exams and review sessions
  • Sat: ICCP (The Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals) ACP (Associate Computing Professional) exam and review sessions

Breakout Sessions: Friday and Saturday

  • "The Perfect Resume, Cover Letter and Social Media Workshop” by RHT
  • "Microsoft's Cloud Strategy and Virtualization Certification” by John Weston/Microsoft
  • "Social Media Marketing Mayhem” by Myles Miller/
  • "Business Etiquette: The New Rules in a Digital Age” by RHT
  • "Building the IT Leader” by Kathie Topel/Impact Insights
  • "Enterprise System Academic/Industry Panel Discussion” by USAA, EIU & IBM
  • ""Killer Interview Questions for Techies & How to Answer Them” by Mark Davison
  • "Security Vulnerabilities: Denial of Service Attacks & Cloud Security” Garry White/TxState
  • "RPG Droid – Developing your first Android application” by A.Bartell/Bartell Software
  • "Microsoft Faculty Resources: (MTA & MSDNAA)" by Aimee Sprung/Microsoft
  • "How to Design the Next Big Thing: Career Advice for ALL Technologists” by Greg Kattawar/Spiceworks
  • "Professionalism for IT Professionals: What to aim for and how to achieve it” by McKell & Dhariwal/ICCP
  • "IBM Academic Alliance Initiative: Valuable Free IT Resources to Academia” by Kathy Pfeiffer/IBM
  • "The Healthcare field IS exciting for IT Professionals” by Steve McNay/ Rush Univ MC
  • "IT Capital Planning: Objective Prioritization & Selection” by Vic Helbling/USSA
  • "Preparing for the ICCP Exam: IS Core Exam Review" by Lynn McKell/BYU
  • "2 hour Project Charter: Reduce Software Project Failure by 60%” by Vic Helbling/USSA
  • "CyberPatriot National Security Competition Demonstrations” by Alamo AFCEA
  • "IBM Power Systems & the COMMON User Group Community” by IBM's COMMON User Group


Special Events & Opportunities:

  • THU Welcome Reception sponsored by RHT & USAA
  • SAT morning hosted tour of USAA (Limited to the first 50 that sign-up at the USAA booth)
  • Additionally, watch the website for an opportunity to pre-submit your resume to USAA and potentially be contacted in advance for an interview appointment and other candidate VIP "opportunities”


Awards & Recognition:

  • AITP Student Chapters:
    • SCOPA (Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award)
    • Region Student Outstanding Chapter of the Year
    • Overall Association Student Outstanding Chapter "Best Chapter" of the Year
  • AITP Student Chapter Faculty Advisors:
    • Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year
    • "Going the Extra Mile" Faculty Award
  • Closing Awards Banquet (streamlined as we have spread the awards throughout the conference!)
    • ALL the contest winners will be announced after you enjoy dinner


ALL this and MORE so you definitely don't want to miss out on this annual opportunity to network, compete against the best IT college & university students from all over the country, grow professionally and land that internship or full time job offer!

*For the list of past conferences including the WINNERS and list of schools that attend the AITP National Collegiate, click the "Past Conferences” link on

See you in San Antonio March 29-31, 2012 and we will be back in St. Louis for the 2013 AITP National Collegiate Conference!

For additional information, feel free to contact Kevin Jetton, Texas State University AITP student chapter faculty co-advisor at or call 210-275-2062.


Melinda Thrasher says...
Posted Thursday, January 26, 2012
Seattle Student Chapter is currently fundraising to get our students to NCC this year!

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