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MAC students create FPAC website

Almost three million dogs and cats are euthanized each year. This spring Mineral Area College’s web page development class worked on the local level to help reduce that number. As a class project, they created a new website for the Farmington Pet Adoption Center.

The class professor, Dr. Amy Henson, explained that students met with FPAC volunteer, Jim Bilhorn, to discuss its website needs before undertaking the project.

“This has been an excellent service learning project for the students,” Henson said. “Before Jim contacted us about FPAC’s need for a new website, the students were working through textbook examples of building websites.

“Their response to the idea of building a functional website for a local, admired organization has been amazing. The entire atmosphere changed in the class as they became excited and involved in the project.”

The class developed an appropriate design theme and formatted the necessary web pages according to content provided by the no-kill shelter. Students were divided into teams according to their special skills.

Photographers Victoria Forsythe and Karissa Hobbs visited FPAC to get pictures of the pets and the facility. Then they optimized the photos for the website. Tyler McDowell assumed the lead role in working with CSS and JavaScript technologies to ensure the pages were formatted to adapt to various screen sizes, such as tablets and smartphones. Samantha Williams effectively revised and proofread written content on all pages for improved screen readability and more efficient design.

According to Henson, the expertise of Trevor Brandon and Cole Sellers was “significant,” as they integrated coding for social media, mapping and other special effects. Also, Michael Freeland, Logan Kesselring, and Heath Strickland were instrumental in designing navigation techniques, image placement and other page standards, while Brandt Busenbark assisted in coding and provided proof-reading services.

“We were very fortunate to have so many students with pre-existing skills that directly applied to this project,” Henson said. “We incorporated those skills into areas related to marketing and promotion, then added website design and development techniques to complete the project. It’s been a perfect fit of talent and need. I’m proud of what the students have accomplished and I’m extremely pleased we could help a local organization such as the Farmington Pet Adoption Center.”

Those participating included Trevor Brandon of Park Hills, Brandt Busenbark of Farmington, Victoria Forsythe of Fredericktown, Michael Freeland of Potosi, Karissa Hobbs of Ste. Genevieve, Logan Kesselring of Potosi, Tyler McDowell of Bonne Terre, Cole Sellers of Park Hills, Heath Strickland of Farmington, and Samantha Williams of Park Hills.

For more information on the Mineral Area College web page development class or the Computer Information Systems Department, please contact Dr. Amy Henson at 573-518-2122 or email amy@MineralArea.edu.

Mineral Area College’s Web Page Development class created a new website for the Farmington Pet Adoption Center. Participating students included, front row, from left: Tyler McDowell, Samantha Williams, Karissa Hobbs and Victoria Forsythe; back row, from left: Heath Strickland, Logan Kesselring, Jim Bilhorn (FPAC), Professor Amy Henson, Michael Freeland and Trevor Brandon.

Mineral Area College’s Web Page Development class created a new website for the Farmington Pet Adoption Center. Participating students included, front row, from left: Tyler McDowell, Samantha Williams, Karissa Hobbs and Victoria Forsythe; back row, from left: Heath Strickland, Logan Kesselring, Jim Bilhorn (FPAC), Professor Amy Henson, Michael Freeland and Trevor Brandon.

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