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IT Academy Olympics

Overview and History

The fourth Annual IT Academy Olympics will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) James Beckett Building in Traverse City, Michigan.

Sponsored by a variety of local businesses, the competition is designed to give teams of area career and technical education (CTE) students an opportunity to apply their information technology (IT) skills.

First offered in 2016 to infrastructure students at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) Career-Tech Center (CTC), the competition was, in 2017, expanded to include developer students. More than 100 students participated in the 2018 competition, which featured a new website design competition and a robot challenge course and included the Wexford-Missaukee school district participated.

As we look to expand this year, more school districts have been invited to participate in the competition.

Competition Format

The competition is designed to challenge students to apply both their soft and technical skills. Each team of four is comprised of infrastructure and development students, selected at random from a master roster. During the 90-minute morning and afternoon sessions, teams will compete in two of the following four events:

  • Build a website per specifications
  • Trouble shooting and PC networking
  • Prepare a presentation on an IT-related topic
  • Develop an algorithm to accomplishing a given task


Each student on the first, second, and third place teams will be awarded a prize. All participating students will receive a swag bag and be entered in the drawing for door prizes.


Companies and individuals interested in making donations should download this document or use this online form. Both cash and in-kind donations are welcome. In-kind donations will be used as door prizes. All donations are tax deductible.


All interested volunteers are welcome. Contact John Velis for more information at or (231) 995-1152.

4th Annual IT Academy Olympics

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Location: James J. Beckett Building on NMC's main campus

Contact: John Velis, or (231) 995-1152

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