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Seminole State to host SQLSaturday Orlando


On Oct. 7, 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 350 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 event is sponsored by the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), plus IT companies from across the country, including Microsoft, Dell, COZYROC, VMware, VACO and Soaring Eagle Database Consulting.  

At this year’s event, there will be more than 30 volunteer speakers, including Tracy Boggiano, data administrator for ChannelAdvisor; Frederico Santos, SQL/APS database senior engineer with Microsoft CSS; and Geoff Hiten, Microsoft MVP and senior architect for Intellinet.

The speakers, from all over the country, will deliver training on a variety of data-related topics. This year’s session topics include: advanced analysis techniques; analytics and visualization; application & database development; BI information delivery; BI platform architecture, development and administration; cloud application, development and deployment; enterprise database administration and deployment; strategy and architecture; and professional development.

“In addition to training, we encourage our attendees to network with their peers, and many then go on to participate with our local users groups (MagicPASS and oPASS),” says Andy Warren, chairperson for this year’s SQLSaturday. “The highlight of our event this year is something we're trying for the first time, an end-of-day presentation for all attendees, where we will play a game called SQLFamily Feud!”

The event is one of a series held annually in the U.S. and Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

This is the eighth consecutive year that Seminole State has hosted SQLSaturday. As part of the conference, there will be a free four-hour session in the campus’s Concert Hall (building G) for up to 350 Seminole State students majoring in information technology and computer programming. During this session, students will hear from a panel of IT professionals and recruiters who will discuss things to do before and after graduation, available entry level IT jobs and salaries, and how to gain employment in the IT industry.

“SQL Saturday provides the opportunity for our students to meet and network with IT professionals, and get a better idea of what professional development is expected once they graduate,” says Dr. Bill Gaught, program manager and professor of computer programming and analysis. “The community and its IT professionals get a chance to visit our campus, meet the faculty, but most importantly, the community gets to meet our students and get a first-hand impression of their abilities.”

Students can register for the seminar through the Eventbrite website.  

Seminole State offers five degrees and 12 certificates in information technology. These include a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Technology and Associate in Science degrees in Computer Programming and Analysis and Information Systems Technology. The College also offers a Computer Programming Certificate, Computer Programming Specialist Certificate and Information Technology Analysis Technical Certificate. According to projections from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, jobs that fall under the computer occupations umbrella will experience 15.5 percent job growth within the next seven years, translating to over 50,000 new job openings in the state by 2024.

SQLSaturday takes place from 8 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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