IT Academy Olympics

Overview and History

The fourth Annual IT Academy Olympics was 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.

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 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 were awarded a prize. All participating students received a swag bag and were entered in the drawing for door prizes.

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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