GTCC STUDENTS WIN FIRST PLACE FOR MOBILE APP

The GTCC winning team of the Lincoln Financial Group’s CodeLinc are (first row from left to right): Penny Bohls and Robert Altschuler and (second row from left to right) William Smith and Brad Turlington.

The GTCC winning team of the Lincoln Financial Group’s CodeLinc are (first row from left to right): Penny Bohls and Robert Altschuler and (second row from left to right) William Smith and Brad Turlington.

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DECEMBER 1, 2015

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Four Guilford Technical Community College students in the Computer Programming program recently won first place for a mobile application they designed in less than 24 hours.

Lincoln Financial Group hosted the community-focused hackathon-style event, CodeLinc, at its downtown Greensboro location Nov. 7-8. Student teams from educational institutions across North Carolina were challenged to code real prototype application solutions to solve a specific issue for Out of the Garden Project, a nonprofit food assistance program in Guilford County. Each team presented their solution to a panel of information technology (IT) professionals, and a winner was chosen.

The GTCC winning team designed a mobile app to help the nonprofit connect better with donors. The app allows donors to donate directly to the organization from their phone and also allows the nonprofit to share with donors a wish list of items that the organization is in need of.

Lincoln Financial awarded the GTCC winning team $4,000. In addition, Lincoln Financial will work with Out of the Garden Project to implement their winning app.

The members of the winning GTCC team are: Robert Altschuler of Thomasville, N.C.; Penny Bohls of High Point, N.C.; William Smith and Brad Turlington of Greensboro, N.C.

GTCC competed against eight other teams from N.C. A&T University, UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University, Appalachian State University and Atkins High School.

A second GTCC team comprised of students Joshua Bohen, John Carden and Charles Dyson placed fourth in the competition.

“Both teams represented GTCC so well,” said Rebecca Halsey, an associate professor of Computer Technologies at GTCC who co-advises the teams with Jamshid Haghighi, who also is an instructor in Computer Technologies. “I think the fact that these students placed higher than teams among four-year schools says a lot about what we do at GTCC.”

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC