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Rasmussen College students seek Ft. Myers charity in need of new website
Rasmussen College students seek Ft. Myers charity in need of new website

Earning real-world experience before graduation is one of the best ways for new college graduates to gain a strong advantage in the highly competitive job market.

One group of students at Rasmussen College in Ft. Myers will get a unique opportunity this semester to hone their skills and combine that experience with the chance to help a local charity in the process.

As part of the classroom curriculum for fall term that begins Oct. 3, students at Rasmussen College’s School of Technology and Design will work directly with a local Ft. Myers charity to design, build and launch a fully-functional website to enhance the organization’s mission and goals.

For the students, it’s an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience with building the site, work with a real client and to begin building a portfolio of their work—all critical factors in any successful job search process.

For the selected charity, it’s a chance to have a state-of-the-art website to promote their cause, events and other outreach efforts—for free.

“High-end web development can be expensive, which puts it out of reach for a lot of nonprofit organizations,” says School of Technology and Design Program Coordinator Jennifer Ayotte. “This program makes it beyond affordable and lets the ‘client’ take advantage of the latest technology and freshest ideas courtesy of Rasmussen students.”

Students at Rasmussen have previously donated their time and expertise to Ft. Myers’ Kiwanis International club and Animal Refuge Center.

To be considered for the Fall 2011 pro bono web project, charities must apply before Sept. 14 by submitting a 250-word description of their organization, along with a 250-word proposal detailing how the free website would aid in their mission.

Any non-profit organization in the general Ft. Myers or Naples area is eligible, and representatives must be willing to meet on-campus with Rasmussen students throughout the semester to discuss goals and review progress.

Applications are due by Sept. 14 and may be submitted by email to Jennifer.Ayotte@rasmussen.edu or by mail to Rasmussen College’s Ft. Myers campus, 9160 Forum Corporate Parkway,  Attn: Jennifer Ayotte, Ft. Myers, FL 33906.

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