Fred Babcock VFW Post 5555 in Richfield received a new website courtesy of a service learning project produced by IT Program Chair Richard Grieman’s Web Technologies class. The site was designed and implemented by the students over the course of 9-weeks this past Fall, and is now live at www.vfw5555.com.
Being such a busy post, one of the main goals of the project was to ensure a calendar that could be updated by VFW 5555 without having to actually update the site directly. Students accomplished this first hurdle by utilizing course provided knowledge on database interpretation and response from user input. Their end result was site integration with Google Accounts and Google Calendar where users can log in from anywhere to update events live to the site. VFW 5555 also wanted to make sure their canteen (bar and hall) were prominently displayed, to have a community involvement page, and most importantly, a resource page for vets who need assistance and for spouses of deployed military. Students not only collaborated, consulted, and developed each of these requests to spec, but worked directly with VFW 5555 as a real client in doing so.
Grieman comments, “It was a privilege working with VFW 5555. I am very proud of the work my students did and how professionally they handled the project.”
Web Technologies classmember Christopher McGowan notes, “Working against a deadline, dealing with clients that have multiple real life priorities, and collaborating with classmates is about as close to a real life situation as a classroom will ever be able to get.”
The Post was named after policeman Fred Babcock lost his life in a gun battle. His complete bio can be found on a link in the website itself. One of the students in the class will continue working with VFW 5555 to maintain and augment the site on a consulting basis.