Students in Haywood Community College’s web design class gained hands-on experience during spring semester when they designed web pages for three county non-profit organizations. Clyde Police Department, The Community Kitchen, and Haywood County Special Olympics all received websites from these students, allowing them to apply what they learned in class.

According to the Community Kitchen Director Beverly Brock, the organization had no money in the budget for a website and without the help of these students would not have been able to have a web presence. “I am so glad the community college has this program. It is a win win situation. It is giving students life experience working with clients.”

For Calissa Mills, Project Manager for all three sites, it was a great learning experience. “I learned an incredible amount. One of the most important lessons is to take what the client wants and make it your own. The client will not always want what you do. You have to learn to adjust.”

Providing real life, hands-on experience greatly enhances what is learned in the classroom. For Spring Semester 2012, HCC classes contributed almost 2,400 hours to service learning projects that benefit the community and students alike. For more information about these programs of study or any others offered at HCC, please call 627-4500 or visit online at www.haywood.edu.