Computer Information Technology News & Upcoming Events

HCC Computer Information Technology Students Help Promote Community Wellness

Haywood Community College Computer Information Technology students put their newly developed skills in web site development to work for the entire western North Carolina community by teaming up with Meridian Behavioral Health Services. Meridian is a non-profit organization that provides education services to assist individuals in recovery from emotional and substance abuse issues. The organization has created and taught over 3 dozen classes such as:

  • Positive Psychology
  • Trauma, Hope, & Recovery
  • Lifestyles for Wellness
  • Living in Balance
  • Self Esteem

Haywood Community College became involved when Meridian recognized a need to provide their courses and materials to students who could not attend the regularly scheduled courses at their recovery education centers.

The project team consisted of graduating students in information technology at Haywood Community College. The student team worked with Jon Esslinger of Meridian to design, build, and install a web site that provided the capability to set up Meridian’s courses online, schedule the classes being offered, display contact information for each instructor, and make course materials available to any student with Internet access. The web site also includes the ability to add new courses, instructors, classes, and materials at any time through the web site administration feature. Individuals with transportation issues can now take these classes and access all the course materials without the need to travel to one of the recovery education centers, increasing the reach and scope of the services Meridian can offer to western North Carolina.

The project team of Martie Daves, Lukas Gentry, Jennifer Maynor, Justin Stocker, and T.J. Wilkes created a professional quality web site that most would assume was developed by highly paid, professional web developers instead of a student project team. At the same time, they provided a valuable service to individuals in need throughout the region Meridian serves.

New Software

Beginning Fall 2011 semester, the CIS 110 Intro to Computers classes at Haywood Community College have begun using Microsoft Office 2010 suite. Microsoft Office 2010 Professional is the most widely used suite of office productivity software and includes the following applications:

Word
Excel
Access
PowerPoint