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County College of Morris students win first place in fall data challenge competition

Team Groundhogs Earn Top Spot in Two-Year College Category

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A team of five students in the Data Science Program at County College of Morris (CCM) have clinched the top spot in the Two-Year College Category for the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Fall Data Challenge 2023: Stack Overflow Developer Survey.

In its eighth year, the current challenge was to provide insights into the business model of a startup company developing a boot camp for coders and developers.

“We are immensely proud of our team, CCM Groundhogs, for their outstanding analyzation of real-world data,” said CCM Professor Kelly Fitzpatrick, Department of Mathematics, who served as Faculty Advisor. “The team took into consideration the startup has sufficient initial funding to focus on two languages and to initiate planning for a third.”

The college is proud of the CCM Groundhogs team: Stephen Coates, of Long Valley; Tommy O’Sullivan, of Randolph; John Tran, of Union; Khymali Williams, of Dover; and Mark Young, of Succasunna.

The victory highlights their ability to apply classroom knowledge, address timely topics and showcase a collaborative spirit and teamwork that defines CCM. The students have also positioned themselves as future leaders in data analysis and business strategy.

“New courses in data science, along with the Data Analytics Certificate of Achievement, a stackable program one can complete in two years and apply toward an associate degree at CCM, have been very popular over the past three years at the college,” said Fitzpatrick.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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