NSU’s Gómez places third at national competition


Northwestern State University student Sebastián Roldán Gómez placed third in the Office Solutions category at the U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference in Galveston. He was among six NSU students to participated in the conference.

This conference is intended to provide students who are studying information systems, information technology and/or computer science (or closely-related disciplines) with an opportunity to showcase their skills, engage in IT-related competitions and explore career opportunities.

Gómez, a business administration/computer information systems major with a concentration in web development from Pereira, Colombia, competed alone in a team competition. In Office Solutions, the task was to solve a business situation using Microsoft Office programs (Access, Excel, and Word).

Gómez began preparing for the national competition at the regional Association for Information Technology Professionals Conference last fall working with Mariana Ospina Rivas, another international student from Colombia.

“We got honorable mention in Microsoft Office, and it helped me to understand how this competition works and showed me my weaknesses,” said Gómez. “I started working on those weaknesses during the semester.”

Northwestern State computer information systems students have successfully competed against students from around the country for two decades. For more information on Northwestern State’s computer information systems program, go to nsula.edu/computer-information-systems.

Sebastian Roldán-Gomez, center, with fellow students who assisted him in preparing for national competition Hassik Vasquez-Narvaez, left, and Jared Boydstun.