RICHFIELD, Ohio, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As a leading technology employer in Northeast Ohio and advocate of educational programs that promote technology careers, OEConnection LLC served as the sponsor for a computer programming contest held on the main campus of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
More than 50 students from area high schools participated in the competition, which required them to write computer programs to solve a series of increasingly difficult problems. Baldwin-Wallace computer science students managed the competition from beginning to end, including creating the problems and outcomes, manning the scoreboard and judging system, and presenting a prize to the winning team. This year, the winning team was from University School, a private all-male high school located in Hunting Valley, Ohio.
"This contest has become a way to bring high school students to a college campus and help them see what computer programming is all about," said Susan Penko, a Baldwin-Wallace College computer science professor and organizer of the annual competition. "It's a fun program that rewards talented students and, hopefully, will encourage many of them to pursue computer science or related degrees."
Northeast Ohio technology companies like OEConnection depend on skilled software engineers and programmers to support the growth, sustainability and competitiveness of their businesses, especially in today's emerging global economy.
"It is important not only to our businesses, but also to the future of Northeast Ohio that we continue to invest in the development of local technology talent and encourage individuals to stay and work in the area," said Charles Rotuno, President & CEO of OEConnection. "We are pleased to partner with Baldwin-Wallace and sponsor this competition. It represents an opportunity to identify tomorrow's technology innovators, encourage their pursuit of technology-related degrees, and promote OEConnection as a great place to work."
OEConnection has been the corporate sponsor of the annual Baldwin-Wallace College High School Programming Competition since 2007.
About OEConnection LLC
OEConnection is the leading Online Parts & Service Exchange (OPSX) in the automotive industry and beyond, serving over 20,000 dealership and repair customers. Customers use OEConnection products over 5 million times each month to market, manage and move original equipment parts, facilitating an estimated $12 billion in annual replacement parts trade. The company is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, 44286. Additional information is available at www.oeconnection.com or by emailing Amy French at [email protected].