VFW Website gets a Makeover

Posted by on July 15, 2011

IT students help Prior Lake veterans get onto the virtual highway

A Web Technologies class at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville took on a service and applied learning project to assist VFW Post 6208 in developing a functional website.

The VFW’s previous website was outdated and static. The organization needed a dynamic website to attract younger generations of veterans.

Minnesota School of Business students utilized AJAX applications and JAVA and PHP scripting languages to create a more user-friendly website. They also added interactivity to the site to further engage veterans.

“This project has been great for getting into the mindset of somebody who does this for their job,” said student David Byland. “It makes you really think about what the client would need as well as how to make it work properly.”

When the website goes live, it will feature an online membership application, the ability to retrieve individualized directions, and online reservation capabilities for the facility’s ballroom.

One of the students, Blake Rothnem, is a member of the VFW. “Working directly with the Prior Lake VFW was an inspiring and educational experience,” he said.

Student Billy Frederickson enjoyed the real-world experience. “Learning about what makes a website tick is an interesting change of pace and makes you appreciate the work people put into them,” he said.

All three students were very proud to turn over a functional website to the VFW.


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