Moorpark College computer science students win intercollegiate competitions

Moorpark College Computer Science club, “The Enthusiastic Programmers,” won two intercollegiate competitions during the 2017 spring semester.  Moorpark College faculty and club advisor Esmaail Nikjeh reported the students placed first in the software engineering competition at Cal State LA’s ProgFest 2017.  Held annually at California State University, Los Angeles, ProgFest is a programming challenge that provides high school and community college students an opportunity to solve college-level and real-world programming problems by applying the principles of computer science. 

In less than 24-hours, team Moorpark College created an interactive chat program called “Fireside Interactive Chat,” where thousands of people may view news updates and videos together.  They created the base app and will further develop the program during the summer semester.  “Congratulations to all of the students who contributed to the success of this project,” said Moorpark College President Luis Sanchez.  “We take great pride in their accomplishment as this is the first time in 10 years that Moorpark College has won first place.  We commend Professor Nikjeh for his leadership as an instructor and coach,” he added proudly.  Moorpark College competed against some of the top schools in the state, including the University of Southern California, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Los Angeles, CAL Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Tech.

“Enthusiastic Programmers” also won first place in the California State University, Long Beach, Intercollegiate Beach Hacks competition under the category of “Hack Harassment,” a nationally recognized coalition founded by Intel, Vox Media and Lady Gaga’s Born this Way foundation.  In addition, they participated in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), a multitier, team-based, programming competition that has grown to include thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines from nearly 3,000 universities from more than 100 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs and is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.


MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.

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