CMU students excel in IT event

Mark Boomgaard, Jordan Fisher and Zach Horall, all business students at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, took home top honors at the Association of Information Technology Professionals National College Conference in Nebraska.

Boomgaard and Horall placed first in a competition for Microsoft Office solutions and second in business analytics. Fisher placed second in personal computer troubleshooting and earned certification as an information systems analyst.

The three students belong to the AITP student chapter at CMU.

Kaemen Chiles, president of the CMU chapter, also attended the conference along with Johnny Snyder, a computer information systems professor who serves as faculty sponsor.

A total of more than 500 students from 50 universities and colleges attended the conference not only to compete, but also to participate in seminars and visit with information systems professionals from such companies as IBM, State Farm and Union Pacific. Founded in 1951, the AITP represents a total of more than 5,000 information technology professionals, academicians and students in the United States, Canada and other countries.