This past spring the Sherman County Convention and Visitors Bureau (ShCVB) joined forces with the second year Computer Graphics Technology-Web Design III class at Northwest Kansas Technical College to develop a new website, visitgoodland.com. The website, which gives visitors an inside look at everything going on in Goodland, was recognized for excellence in “On-line Marketing” at the Kansas Tourism and Marketing Awards Dinner on Oct. 28 in Wichita, Kan. Computer Graphics II Instructor, Adam Elliott, said of his student’ involvement, “This recognition is an affirmation of many things including the skills of our students, the quality of the Computer Graphics Technology program, and the many great things that Goodland has to offer both its residents and visitors.”
Being the only community to win in this category, ShCVB defeated some of the largest communities in Kansas. The award looks at Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram accounts as well as the website, and the judges commented that ShCVB’s work “increased their organization’s Internet visibility and digital footprint, quintupling engagement.” Elliott commented, “The students had a hands-on opportunity to affect positive change with this project. They designed something that will contribute to the Goodland image and economy in a meaningful way.”
Because ShCVB collaborated with the Computer Graphics Technology program, Northwest Tech students were able to gain first-hand work experience creating a successful and effective website. Elliott remarked, “The students in Computer Graphics Technology are exposed to all aspects of web design including planning, design, and development/coding. For this project we utilized a content management system which allows the Sherman CVB to focus on their stories and easily update their site.”
These types of projects give students an opportunity to work on authentic industry work and cater to the needs of a client, skills they will utilize in the field. Elliott stated, “Donna Price and Roxie Yonkey were essential to making this project successful and exemplify the quality of Goodland and Sherman County. Their contributions, collaboration, and feedback were essential to making this a valuable learning experience for the students.” He added, “Service learning projects such as this are imperative to fulfilling our mission and vision of developing students with great technical skills and meaningful connections to their local communities.”
Students involved with the project were:
Jose Chavez- Longmont, Colo.
Dylan Harvey- Scott City, Kan.
David Huddleston- Tribune, Kan.
Andrew Huffman- Bern, Kan.