The FCIT Programming Club has held 24 career-oriented workshops since its beginning in semester 2020, an average of 3 workshops per month in the areas such as robotics, data analytics, IoT, mobile programming, and developing internet-based solutions. The main goal during this period has remained the same: fostering the programming skills of the students to help them succeed in the hunting of the jobs and delegating Sohar University in IT-pertinent competitions. We trained the students to learn industry-based programming techniques. Furthermore, we provided them with the source codes to assure the quality of the contents in an agile manner, from installation to implementation and from problem-solving to manipulation.
Students gradually joined the programming club, where we have more than 200 subscribed members who receive the training via online and code-based mediums. As a complement to the formal workshops, the FCIT programming club has already held two competitions to evaluate the students' programming skills. From a statistical perspective, more than 50 students tackled the challenges in programming competitions. Six of them won the prizes of Gold, Silver, and Bronze, and up to 20 of them received appreciation letters from the Dean, Prof. Ahmad Kayed, to recognize their professional skills. Inherently, the competitions encouraged students and facilitated the club to train junior students with the guidance of seniors. We believe the more practical the programming workshops are, the higher the students' skills will be. To this end, we decided to continue the workshops during the third semester of the 2020-2021 academic year, accompanying eager students with non-trivial topics in real-world software development.