November 11, 2018, Santa Rosa, CA – Each spring semester, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) web certificate students build websites for local non-profits at no expense. In Spring 2018, students built websites for The Petaluma Museum, SOS Counseling, and SNAP Cats, a local non-profit that seeks to house and find homes for cats with special needs.
These websites have a market value of $15,000 to $30,000 each. Students who want to enter the workforce build a solid portfolio and client list and gain valuable real-life experience while yielding thousands of dollar worth of value to the community’s non-profit sector.
The Web and Digital Media Programs at SRJC open a public submission process before the spring term begins. Non-profit organizations apply for the opportunity to get free student projects built. The selection process for non-profits that will receive this free service is based on available students and the alignment of non-profit client needs with available student team skills.
“Teams develop a project proposal and meet regularly with the clients,” said Computer Studies faculty member, Ethan Wilde. “The non-profit organizations provide direction and copywriting for site content.”
“Working with our website development team at SRJC was a wonderful experience!” said Darryl Roberts, founder and executive director of SNAP Cats. “They were professional, courteous and extremely innovative in creating the website we envisioned. If they were a local website development company, we’d hire them in a second!”
CS 50.32 Web and Digital Media Projects (4 units), the class that builds these websites, will be offered face-to-face on Santa Rosa campus in Maggini Hall Thursdays 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Spring 2019 semester. Students take this class to earn their Web or Digital Media certificates.
Local non-profits that would like to be considered for being a part of the Spring 2019 class can email the instructor, Ethan Wilde, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will get them on a list to be notified when the application opens.
Prospective students who are interested in taking this class in the upcoming spring semester can enroll beginning December 10, 2018 (or earlier based on established priority) at www.santarosa.edu/enroll.