TCC’S WEB DEVELOPMENT
TOOLS CLASS EARNS AWARD FOR CREATIVITY
Latest challenge: A site for the
Susan G. Komen Foundation’s
2004 Race For The Cure
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – (Oct. 17, 2003) – Tidewater
Community College’s Web Development Tools course practices
what it teaches, and wins kudos for its success. The class, recognized
this summer by the Virginia Council For Career and Technical
Education through its Creating Excellence Award, puts students
in the world of business, designing sites for local companies
and not-for-profit groups.
The Creating Excellence Award was presented in Roanoke to select
community colleges for various initiatives. This award was one
of two TCC received. The other award was presented to TCC’s
Automotive Advisory Council.
Taught by Debbie Benham at TCC’s Virginia Beach campus,
the Web Development Tools class is considered a capstone or advanced-level
course in the Information Systems Technology degree curriculum.
The course incorporates the skills and tools used in other web-development
classes such as Photoshop, Java Script, Dreamweaver, Flash and
“Each semester is different, with the variety of businesses
the students design sites for,” says Benham, who was recognized
in August by the Virginia Council for Career and Technical Education. “The
companies welcome the opportunity to have our students develop
their sites.” The web-page design process concludes with
each student team making a formal presentation to classmates
and the company. Generally, they develop three different sites
for each business so the owners can select their favorite.
Currently, students are working on a site for the Susan G. Komen
Foundation for the 2004 Race For The Cure. The Web site designs
will be presented at the end of the semester and the site should
go live in January to promote the race to benefit breast-cancer
awareness and research. Joan Casteel, TCC faculty lead for the
Oracle Database Administrator and Oracle Developer programs,
will incorporate database work during the spring semester in
the Database Driven Web Sites course to also support the foundation.
Race organizers have estimated a monetary value on the work being
done on their behalf and have listed TCC as an official sponsor.
Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23
community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling
more than 34,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest in
the nation’s 1,600 community college network and among
the 50 fastest growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968
as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college
serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake,
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, a regional Visual Arts
Center in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, the TCC Jeanne and George Roper
Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk,
and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach.
Forty-three percent of the region’s residents attending
a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at
Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications
Roberta Cool, Dean, IT and Business