AITP Student Chapter Wins Outstanding Performance Award
The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) student chapter at JMU has done it again. Recently, the National Office of AITP honored the JMU AITP student chapter with the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA) for the third year in a row. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the students involved in AITP, our student chapter is now a finalist for the District 18 Outstanding Student Chapter Award. If successful in District competition, the members of AITP will be able to compete for the National Outstanding Student Chapter Award.
AITP is an organization focused on empowering Information Technology professionals by providing educational programs, leadership development opportunities, networking, and peer mentoring. Members of the AITP student chapter at JMU are exposed to the best consulting and IT related firms in the industry. Student Chapter Vice President John Parsons describes, “Thanks to AITP, we offer our members unparalleled networking opportunities since we have built strong relationships with recruiters from some of the top-tier, nationally recognized IT firms. “
Receiving the SCOPA is no easy venture. Each year, our AITP student chapter sets goals based on the particular requirements of SCOPA: providing education expertise to members and networking opportunities, maintaining a regular membership base, creating involvement within the organization and the community, and finally participating at a national level. Student Chapter Conference Chair Manahil Malik explains, “We spend months preparing for the National Collegiate Conference where we compete in IT competitions and attend networking events in order to improve our presence in the CIS community nationwide.”
Student Chapter President Hailey Fleming explains that preparation is not the only characteristic that accounts for the chapter’s achievements. She says, ”The success of our chapter not only results from the highly dedicated and motivated student members, but also because of our skilled and devoted faculty advisors. Dr. Dillon, Dr. Kruck, and Dr. Jewett help us forge connections with some of the best IT consulting firms in the nation. They are always there for us. Ultimately we are successful because of the people involved in our chapter—we all bring value to the organization.”
The faculty advisors who help facilitate the AITP student chapter are extremely pleased with their AITP advisees. “In the past four years, we have had some of the best student leaders in our CIS program take AITP to the next level, “ says faculty advisor Susan Kruck. “Our members are creative, professional, and dedicated to making AITP a great organization. There is stiff competition for the SCOPA award, and we are very proud of all they have accomplished.”
And while awards are tangible proof of organizational success, President Hailey Fleming describes that the value of AITP is about much more than awards. “AITP has given me so many opportunities,” she says. “One of the best aspects about our organization is that we are able to share knowledge and experience with each other in a team-oriented space. It is a good feeling to collaborate and share recipes for success with others; it is the JMU way.”