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Six computer science technology students from Horry Georgetown Technical College placed among the top in the nation recently at the 17th Annual Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

First year student Clinton Johnson scored second in the nation on a key skills test, and Jeremiah Farley scored third in a network design competition. Christine Keasler and Clint Johnson scored second in a graphics communications contest, and everyone on the HGTC team ranked among the top 30 of 538 students for hardware repair.

Six computer science technology students from Horry Georgetown Technical College
placed among the top in the nation recently at the 17th Annual Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Conference in San Antonio, Texas. First year student Clinton Johnson scored second in the nation on a key skills test, and Jeremiah Farley scored third in a network design competition. Christine Keasler and Clint Johnson scored second in a graphics communications contest, and everyone on
the HGTC team ranked among the top 30 of 538 students for hardware repair.


Prof. Steve Luse, chair of information technology and digital arts, returned to campus all
smiles. “These awards affirm our programʼs value,” he said, “but they also confirm that
the college is making the right investment in technology. Competing students competed
at AITP from other two-and four-year colleges and graduate programs, many with
multiple teams. We took one team, and that team earned its way to attend the national
competition. Being there with so many winners was a real thrill.”


Team members earned multiple professional certifications, from networking and security
to server and operating systems. Two students were offered jobs on the spot during the
conference, but declined in the interest of completing advanced degrees and opting for
different geographical locations.


What beyond superior teaching and learning made the team successful? Christine
jokingly attributed at least some success to her orange Nikes. A Clemson fan, she was
convinced her special shoes set her apart for the competition. “They were my good luck
charm in San Antonio,” she said. And sheʼs still wearing them in her race to complete
her degree. “Iʼll wear these shoes when I march for graduation in a few weeks,” she
added.


But Professor Luse said Christine is planning to re-enroll for a second degree. “Itʼs a
thrill to see these students represent what HGTC is all about,” he said. “Success in the
real world.”
About 300 students are enrolled in HGTCʼs computer science technology programs.