For Immediate Release
May 10, 2016
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Service Learning Project Helps Area Organization
Computer Information Systems students help improve the community by assisting the Brockport Kiwanis Club
BROCKPORT, NY—Dan Masterson, David Maiolo and Nicholas Seitzinger decided to help the Brockport Kiwanis Club build its website as part of their service learning project in their “Information Technology for Development” (CIS-487) class.
These students met with the Brockport Kiwanis Club, which is a charitable organization that helps children in the community, several times to identify objectives, plan outcomes and train Kiwanis members to become more familiar with the technology.
The three students used a technique call “IT Therapy” learned from their CIS-487 class to assess the needs of the Brockport Kiwanis Club. After identifying the issue and finding the solution, the students began developing a website in consultation with the club. Once the site was completed, they transferred ownership to the club and trained members to manage it.
According to their instructor, Mehruz Kamal,PhD, the project was designed to pair small group of students with local small businesses to help them with their technological needs. The goal is for students to apply concepts they learned in the classroom. Kamal said that this is a win-win situation for both parties. The students have a chance to obtain hands-on experience working with real-world clients and re-enforce skills learned in the classroom. Meanwhile, clients receive free technology assistance as they establish a platform for sustained Information Technology adoption and use.
“It was fun for all too! But I think the greater gratification for these students came in understanding that the work they did will bear fruit in the Brockport community,” said Mark J. Gardner, Business Opportunities and Event Management Director for the Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation (BASC) and a member of the Brockport Kiwanis Club. “By improving our effectiveness as a charitable organization dedicated to helping young people, this campus/community effort will make a positive and tangible difference in the lives of children here and around the world for years to come.”
Maiolo echoed that sentiment.
“Getting to work this close with a small business in the area was very beneficial as a student,” he said. “We were responsible from design conception to design completion with a real business, with real needs. Classroom exercises, although crucial for theory, cannot compete with the knowledge gained dealing with real exercises with actual clients.”
—Story written by College Communications intern Ly Tran
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