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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:

For more information on the Computer and Information Technology Program at MCTC, contact Janet Garrison at 606-759-7141, ext. 66139.