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Seminole State to host SQLSaturday Orlando

On Nov. 12, Seminole State College of Florida will host SQLSaturday Orlando, a free training and networking event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Approximately 400 IT professionals from across Central Florida are expected at the event in the Wayne M. Densch Partnership Center (building UP) on Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The Orlando event is sponsored by the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) plus IT companies including Microsoft, Dell, IDERA, Wolters Kluwer, TEK Systems and Red Gate Software.  

This is the seventh consecutive year that Seminole State has hosted SQLSaturday. This year’s speakers include: Grant Fritchey, vice president of the Board of Directors of PASS; Steve Jones, Microsoft SQL Server MVP and editor of SQLServerCentral; and Jessica Moss, well-known architect, speaker and author, and Microsoft MVP of SQL Server Business Intelligence. 

As part of the conference, there also will be a free three-hour session in the campus’s Concert Hall (building G) for up to 350 Seminole State students majoring in information technology and computer programming. “IT is a highly competitive industry, but it is also a sector with high growth and high pay,” said Dr. Bill Gaught, program manager and professor in Computer Programming and Analysis.

During this session, students will hear from a panel of IT professionals and recruiters who will discuss choosing a specialty, available jobs, interviewing techniques and how to gain employment in the IT industry. Students will also be able to network with companies hiring in the Central Florida area and with IT professionals.   

Seminole State offers five degrees and 13 certificates in information technology. These include Associate in Science degrees in Computer Programming and Analysis and Information Systems Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Technology. The College also offers a Computer Programming Certificate, Computer Programming Specialist Certificate and Information Technology Analysis Technical Certificate. Average salaries for graduates from IT programs are over $70,000 per year, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (Labor Market Statistics Center, Feb. 2015). 

 “SQLSaturday is a place for IT professionals to gather, learn and network,” said Shawn McGehee, chairperson for this year’s SQLSaturday. “There is something for everyone at this year’s event with sessions on analytics and visualization, application and database development, business information architecture, development and delivery, cloud development and deployment, enterprise database administration and professional development at all levels from beginner to advanced.” The event is one of a series held annually in the U.S. and Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

SQLSaturday takes place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Partnership Center on Seminole State College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773. For details, go to the SQLSaturday Orlando website.  

About Seminole State College of Florida:
Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida and online. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 90,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

About PASS SQLSaturday:

The PASS SQLSaturday program provides the tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organize and host a free day of training for SQL Server professionals. At the local event level, SQLSaturday events encourage increased membership for the local user group, provide local SQL Server professionals with excellent training and networking opportunities and help develop, grow and encourage new speakers. SQLSaturday events are held in the U.S. and Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

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