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Students Put Hearts and Skills in Community Service Project
Designed Web site for Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation Tidewater Affiliate
BEACH, Va. – (May 11, 2004) – Tidewater Community
College Web-development students chose an important community client
for a class project this year. A client whose success will save
The students, devoting months of time and talent, recently completed
a Web site for the Tidewater Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation, www.hamptonroads.com/raceforthecure.
TCC students are continuing their support by handling programming
for online registration of the Affiliate’s signature event,
the Komen Tidewater Race for the Cure®. Proceeds from the race,
held annually in October, fund breast-health services for women
in Hampton Roads as well as breast-cancer research.
In addition to registration for the annual Komen Tidewater Race
for the Cure®, the site provides a host of information about
the organization’s history and activities as well as breast-health
information, including a virtual breast self exam.
Taught by Debbie Benham at TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus,
the Web Development Tools class is considered a capstone or advanced-level
course in TCC’s 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
Fireworks. Students learned programming used in the Affiliate’s
online registration section in the Database Drive Websites class,
under the direction of Joan Casteel. The team is working on Phase
2 of the project to further enhance the site’s functionality.
“TCC students are a continual inspiration with their level
of devotion to Web projects,” says Debbie Benham. “We’re
passionate about these projects. It’s a way for us to give
something back to this great community and, at the same time, enhance
our students’ skills with real-world experience.”
“Our group was extremely proud to be picked for such a notable
foundation as the Komen Tidewater Affiliate,” says TCC student
John Cerdenola. “I’m hoping this Web site will reach
many people on the importance of breast cancer awareness,” says
Jane Digman, another TCC student. “We have committed to maintain
the site for a year as volunteers. We looked at the site as a great
opportunity to gain experience and exposure as Web developers,” says
Sherrie Steiner, team leader.
Each semester, students select businesses or organizations to
partner with on Web development. Work on the Komen Tidewater Affiliate
Web site began last fall to expand the information available to
site visitors. According to Eileen Werber, president of the local
Affiliate, “the students did a great job translating our
requirements into an engaging and informative site. The caliber
of work is very impressive, and the students’ enthusiasm
for the project really showed in the drafts created for our review.
We were really pleased with the quality of choices for the new
look of our Web site and with the final product.”
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982
on a promise made between two sisters—Nancy Goodman Brinker
and her dying sister, Susan Goodman Komen. More than 20 years later,
the Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast
cancer. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners
and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised nearly $600
million for the fight against breast cancer. For more information
about the Komen Tidewater Affiliate, contact the organization at
757-490-7794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tidewater Community College
is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th
largest in the nationís 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks
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 as well as the TCC Jeanne
and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district
in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth
and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three
percent of the regionís residents attending a college or university
in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.