Nonprofit Dance Center Gets Organized

Posted by on August 4, 2011

Students use database design skills to help Tapestry Folk Dance Center

Students from Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville’s Database Design class helped a nonprofit dance studio organize years of records. The students used their classroom knowledge to improve record keeping at the Tapestry Folk Dance Center in Minneapolis.

Student James Ivey said, “The project allowed me to explore how to work with and implement the things I have learned.”

Tapestry Folk Dance Center opened in 1983 and kept paper records of their information. Gradually, the organization moved its data into multiple computer databases, which complicated record keeping efforts.

The students created a plan to organize all of the information. They also applied questioning skills to meet a need, discussed business rules, and presented and wrote professional documents, including a solution design document.

Students learned the importance of communication and teamwork in the IT field.

Instructor Tom Hasert was excited about the project. “The students benefited from working with a real situation and real people,” he said. “They experienced how database design involves meeting with the customer, designing what you’ve learned, and then going back to the customer to discover deeper meanings.”

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