The Buffalo Trace District Health Department has a new webpage, thanks to Maysville
Community and Technical College student, Rob Jefferson. Jefferson is a student enrolled
in the Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) program. The external project was
an opportunity for Jefferson to earn experiential credit for the CIT155 Web Page Development
class. I sat down with my professor, Janet Garrison, along with Lisa Hamilton, Human
Resource Assistant at the Buffalo Trace District Health Department. We discussed in
detail the content, function and design of the new website, stated Jefferson. I was
able to introduce more efficient ways of cutting costs with web hosting, domain pricing
and 24-hour web support.
The CIT program is a popular choice among students at MCTC, with specialized degree
and certificate options in the following areas: Applications, Computer Science, Digital
Game and Simulation Design, Information Security, Internet Technologies, Network Administration,
Network Technologies and Programming. We are very pleased with our partnership with
the college and working with professor Janet Garrison. She was wonderful and took
so much time working with me, I appreciate everything she did, stated Hamilton.
The project involved migrating all of the health departments existing content to a
new site with the ability to support multiple web clients such as desktops, laptops,
smartphones and tablets. They also needed a user-friendly interface that would enable
them to maintain their site without the need for a web master. Janet Garrison commented,
Barbara Campbell, Chief Officer for Workforce Solutions, received the initial request
for assistance and forwarded it to me. I started reaching out to prospective students
with regard to the project during late summer and then, low and behold, Rob Jefferson
stopped by my office for advising in early August. Rob had extensive experience with
server administration and was looking to earn his degree as quickly as possible. The
web redesign project provided Rob with the perfect experiential credit project for
CIT155. This was definitely a win-win situation for both the student and the health
department. Rob further enhanced and demonstrated his knowledge and skills with regard
to web development and the health department now has an easy to maintain, great looking
community-friendly web site.
I recommend that other companies use MCTC students for projects, stated Hamilton.
It gives them experience that they need and it gives the company a great resource.
To take a look at the BTDHD website, go to: www.buffalotracehealth.com.
For more information on the Computer and Information Technology Program at MCTC, contact
Janet Garrison at 606-759-7141, ext. 66139.