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CSU Hosts Computer Science Bootcamp

University Relations // 05.12.2017

Computer Science Bootcamp

Computer Science students from Trident Tech, The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern attended a Computer Science Bootcamp this week designed to educate them about ways they can be more valuable to prospective tech employers.

A recent Milken Institute study ranks Charleston fourth in the nation for high tech growth domestic product growth.  All Lowcountry colleges and universities are trying to make sure its students are prepared for those opportunities.

Originally, the Chair of Charleston Southern’s Computer Science Department, Dr. Valerie Sessions, planned for this week’s boot camp to be limited to 10 students. “The demand was so great, we expanded the week-long class to 15.  Next year, our plan is to invite some high school students, as well,” says Sessions.

Shane Hudson, a Network Security professor at Trident Tech, taught and challenged the class.  At the end of the week, the students will be prepared to pass a certification exam. “It will also give these students a leg-up in their job hunting,” explained Hudson.

A Navy recruiter explained to the class during one session the opportunities that exist for these students, if they choose to use their skills in the military. The recruiter also explained a brand new job called a Cyber Network Engineer that the Navy is offering computer science graduates.

Charleston is now mentioned in the same breath with other tech hot spots such as Austin, Raleigh and San Francisco.

Electronic warfare nonprofit Palmetto Roost sponsored the week-long intensive study.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.