09-11-2019 04:58 PM
Community participation is important for most people to feel a sense of belonging. This is especially important to many of our first time in college students. Our reasons for creating an IT club are two-fold: to help support our students and to increase our enrollment/retention.
Do you have an IT club on our campus or in your Department? Is it very active? I'd love to know how often you meet and what kinds of activities your students are involved in? Please SHARE! We try to let the students run the show with a bit of guidance from faculty.
In the last year, we've brought in guest speakers from the community, gone on field trips to IT businesses, conducted workshops for young children to get them excited about IT and manned booths at campus events.
We're working on a Hot New Technology Community Event, App-a-thon and Hour of Code for this semester and next and will let you know how it goes!
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We have had an IT Club on our campus for several years now. We have been fortunate that our adjunct faculty work in the field and have brought in colleagues to speak on a variety of topics, such as ethical hacking. These are open to not only club members and students in our department but open to anyone. We hold a PC Hygiene Day each semester, where people can bring in their laptops and club members optimize performance and do virus checks and cleanups. The students work one-on-one with the client and explain what they are doing and why. The club has also sponsored students to attend ShowMeCon, an annual Security & Hacking conference held in St. Louis.