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Franklin Computer Science Student Earns IBM Distinction

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce Christopher Simons, a student in the Computer Science Major, successfully completed Part 2 of the distinguished 2011 IBM Master the Mainframe contest. 

Fewer than 10% of the students, who entered this year’s contest, achieved Part 2 completion distinction.  The students who did successfully complete the contest tasks earned a certificate from IBM and an invitation to upload their resumes to the IBM Student Opportunity System, a database of resumes from talented students who have IBM professional certifications or technical skills on IBM and open source technologies.

Completion of the second level of the Master the Mainframe Contest required an extensive amount of work from contestants. Participants were asked to perform sophisticated systems programming (advanced commands, system setup and advanced system navigation) and application development (C, JAVA, COBOL, assembler and REXX) tasks.

Simons joins an elite group of students from universities including Syracuse University, Purdue University, and Northern Illinois University.  The 2011 competition drew over 3,900 students from across the U.S. and Canada, making this year’s contest IBM’s largest to date.  In addition to competing against the largest ever pool of contestants, the difficult challenges made this year’s competition the toughest contest in the competition’s history.

Finalists deserve special recognition for distinguishing themselves through their extraordinary enterprise computing accomplishments. Simons is to be congratulated on the initiative required to participate in this contest and on the talent required for him to be successful in completing the required tasks.

Franklin University’s B.S. in Computer Science provides students with the strong foundation of knowledge necessary to keep pace with the ever-evolving computer science industry. Franklin’s curriculum goes beyond basic object-oriented programming with an emphasis on test-driven development, patterns, and data structures to include algorithm development, a practicum sequence modeling a real world enterprise environment, and more.  Students graduating with a bachelor's degree in Franklin’s Computer Science Major learn advanced concepts that equip them for career advancement and prepare them to lead technology initiatives in their organizations – or to earn a master's degree in Computer Science.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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