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Neumont College of Computer Science was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum. This blog serves as a platform to publish and share, news, reviews, and stories from Utah's best kept tech secret. 

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Neumont Capstone Projects: Publish.ME by Morgan Smith

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Each quarter, students across all five bachelor's degree programs at Neumont College of Computer Science present their Capstone Project. This penultimate project demonstrates each student's ability to conceive, plan, develop, and present a technology-focused project in only 10 weeks. 

Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting some outstanding projects from seniors currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Operations and Technology Management degree. This program focuses on teaching grads how to connect developers and business leaders.

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Morgan Smith developed a project called "Publish.ME." This web platform aims to remove the bottleneck publishers face when looking for new authors while providing an open platform for writers to gain exposure for their work. 

"Primarily, Publish.ME is solving the greatest barrier to entry for new authors to gain traction in the industry," said Morgan. "It's empowering the writers of the world and eliminating luck from the publishing equation via technology."

 Senior BSTM student Morgan Smith presents his startup, Publish.ME, to his peers and faculty for his Capstone Project presentation.

Senior BSTM student Morgan Smith presents his startup, Publish.ME, to his peers and faculty for his Capstone Project presentation.

Previously, Morgan's tech startup won $1,000 in seed money through Get Seeded. He started work on the project in his Project Management in Practice course. Over the next year, he continued to develop the idea in his free time and as part of coursework for other classes. 

Morgan found inspiration from his own love of writing to create a platform where more writers could be published. "As far back as I have memories of anything, I remember creating some sort of art. Eventually I decided that writing would be my primary focus as an artist," said Morgan as he explains his passion for the project. "But at one point, I had a professional writer look me in the eyes and say, 'It's literally a game of chance. I got lucky.' Something snapped in my brain, and I decided I would change the billion-dollar industry that somehow ran on luck."

 The high-level business model and workflow for Publish.ME, which engages readers, writers, and publishers to create more written works. 

The high-level business model and workflow for Publish.ME, which engages readers, writers, and publishers to create more written works. 

Once Morgan recognized the bottleneck created by the "slush pile," which is an over saturation of content from aspiring writers, he knew he could use technology to innovate the publishing process. 

He is currently continuing  production on the project and plans to launch the initial software in July 2018. 

2018 Project Showcase Winners Announced

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Congratulations to the team of "DnD Cartographer!" This remarkable team of first-year students (yes, they haven't yet officially declared their majors) won the Overall Favorite at Neumont College of Computer Science's 2018 Project Showcase event. 

 Members of the winning team for "DnD Cartographer." 

Members of the winning team for "DnD Cartographer." 

Team Lead Emily Remy described the project as a map utility for dungeon masters playing the games "Dungeons and Dragons" or "Pathfinder." The team used Java, JavaFX, and SceneBuilder to make the application. Each of the winners received a pie and gift card for their efforts at the event. 

"Colorize" by Maciej Smusz, a web development student, won the Faculty Favorite. He developed his project for Capstone: A course where student's prove their ready to tackle the challenges of the tech industry and Enterprise Projects. Maciej's passion for classic movies led him to train a convolutional neural network to automatically add color to old film footage. He says one of the biggest challenges of the project was working with new and experimental technologies with few resources to rely on. 

 Students demonstrate a game they developed in only 10 weeks at 2018 Project Showcase. 

Students demonstrate a game they developed in only 10 weeks at 2018 Project Showcase. 

Other remarkable projects presented at the March event include STEM MX by a team of students in their Enterprise Project. This web and mobile tool connects teachers with tech experts to help them teach students more about technology. The Enterprise team at TaskEasy also developed a user-friendly dashboard to help the lawn care company better manage their workload. And Morgan Smith's Capstone Project, "Publish.ME" offers a solution to connect aspiring authors with the publishing industry. Finally, "Cat Game: Heavy Machinery" by Christopher Robinson reminded all visitors that sometimes a game should just be fun.

Watch the full video for more about this event.  

Can't get enough Neumont? Apply to join the Class of 2021 at www.neumont.edu/apply. If you've already been accepted, make sure to pay your tuition deposit before Decision Day on May 11, 2018 to secure your spot at accepted.neumont.edu

It's the final FReX countdown!

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We're getting ready for all things FReX, and we can't wait to get to know you!

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Students who are considering attending Neumont this fall are strongly encouraged to register for our Accepted Student Weekend right away at accepted.neumont.edu. (If you are not yet accepted for the fall, go ahead and submit your Application for Admission at www.neumont.edu/apply to receive your admission decision and FReX invitation as soon as possible.) 

FReX is designed to help you get to know Neumont from our curriculum to our culture. That's why you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) or spouse are invited to join us for presentations, team-building activities, project demonstrations, an alumnus interview, a gaming night, and more. Check out the complete FReX schedule at www.neumont.edu/frex

At Neumont College of Computer Science, we're all about technology, and you can see that obsession in our agenda for this event. Things kick off at The Little America Hotel with a presentation from President Aaron Reed, Ed.D., as he shares what makes Neumont different from a traditional college. (Hint: We spend a lot more time doing and a lot less time talking.)

After a few more quick presentations, it's time for lunch while Manager of Academic Systems Jeremiah Harrison chats with Neumont Alum and Googler Glen Watson. A 2012 graduate, Glen currently works on the front-end of Google's Play Store App at their California offices. He'll share his post-Neumont career journey including a stop at Indeed.com as well as answer questions about his Neumont experience. 

In the afternoon, all visitors are encouraged to explore Neumont's campus and participate in activities like an engineering challenge, a tech hardware giveaway, student project demonstrations, and meet and greets with faculty, staff, and alumni. 

We'll take a short break from the madness to prep campus for Nacho Average Game Night. At this epic event of all things game, current students and future students will go to know each other during a Super Smash Bros tournament and over games like:

  • Overwatch
  • Rocket League
  • Magic The Gathering
  • Pools/Billiards
  • Halo
  • One Night: Ultimate Werewolf Game
  • Ping Pong
  • Pathfinder

Register for the Super Smash Bros tournament using your real name to ensure you are notified when it is your turn to play. While students are gaming, parents and guardians are invited to a small social at The Little America Hotel to enjoy a complimentary drink as they get to know one another. 

The event wraps up on Saturday morning with scheduled tours of Neumont's student housing at The Essex and The Mercer Downtown in Salt Lake City. All visitors will be given a UTA TRAX pass to take the Red Line from Courthouse Station (500 South) to Trolley Station (700 East) to see the apartment complex at the student's assigned time. For more details about taking public transit in Salt Lake City, please go to www.rideuta.com

2018 Project Showcase: Learning By Doing

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Each year, students at Neumont College of Computer Science gather at the end of the winter quarter to demonstrate the projects they've developed in the last 10 weeks in a friendly competition. In 2018, students competed in gaming, non-gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise Project categories. 

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During Project Showcase, current students, alums, staff, faculty, and visitors, play games, test tools, try new websites, and see demonstrations of student-made software development projects at work. Each project was completed in the 10 weeks of the current quarter either as part of regular course work or as students worked on their own. Students may compete individually or in small teams, depending on the scope of the project. 

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Highlights from this years Project Showcase included a stellar showing in the non-gaming category. 

  • The overall audience favorite went to a first-year student team for their tool "The DnD Cartographer." This remarkable product allows players to better track their maps and character sheets for "Dungeons & Dragons."
  • The winner of the non-gaming category was a small team for their tool "Foodie's Formula."
  • The runner up created "Spine Express." This tool allows developers to more quickly and easily work with the JS library. 
 "The DnD Cartographer" team accepts their pies and awards after winning the overall audience favorite for their tool. 

"The DnD Cartographer" team accepts their pies and awards after winning the overall audience favorite for their tool. 

Other remarkable projects included an augmented reality mobile app for astronomy, a tool for converting black and white film to color using artificial intelligence, and a tool to connect writers and publishers.

 Maciej Smusz accepts his award after winning the faculty favorite for his tool, "Colorize," that uses artificial intelligence to convert black and white film to color. 

Maciej Smusz accepts his award after winning the faculty favorite for his tool, "Colorize," that uses artificial intelligence to convert black and white film to color. 

Students with the most impressive projects are invited to demonstrate their work just a few weeks later at FReX on April 6, 2018 so future students and their families can see project-based learning in action before tackling their own engineering project. Project Showcase Prime is just one of several awesome activities that take place during our Accepted Student Weekend. If you're thinking about attending Neumont this fall, register right away at accepted.neumont.edu for this incredible event. 

Ready to find out if project-based learning is right for you? Complete your Application for Admission now at www.neumont.edu/apply

Capstone Projects: Where passion meets innovation

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Computer science student Ben Goff combined his passion for music with his tech skills to create "Ivory." The self-taught pianist used his software development skills to help other people learn how to play his favorite musical instrument. "Ivory" is an application that allows anyone with an electronic keyboard to upload MIDI files via USB or Bluetooth. Users can then learn their favorite songs with an easy to follow key-for-key user interface. Ben's project won the Industry Partner Choice Award at Neumont's 2018 Capstone Project Invitational. Watch the video for more details about this passion project.

Capstone Projects are just one way Neumont students get the hands-on, project-based experience required to help them land great jobs after graduation. Students begin learning cutting-edge technologies from their first day and continue to learn software development by creating projects from beginning to end.  

For real-world, projects-based, hands-on experience with relevant technologies, attend FReX. This Accepted Student Weekend event will help you better understand life as a Neumont student. You'll be asked to participate in a fun engineering challenge and receive some new hardware to try out software development on your own. 

You and your parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to visit Neumont and Salt Lake City from Friday to Saturday on April 6-7 where you'll get answers to all your questions with presentations and casual receptions with current students, alums, staff, and faculty as you tour our campus, student housing, and city.

Ready to find out if Neumont is right for you? Register to visit during FReX on the Accepted Student Portal or complete your Application for Admission before Monday, March 26 to receive your admission decision and FReX invitation. 

Theory, skills, and experience

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Neumont College of Computer Science isn't like other colleges and we're okay with that. 

The Neumont Difference

Most college try to be everything to everyone. At Neumont, we focus on one thing and on thing only: technology. We teach faster, more intensely, and more in touch with the realities of the tech industry than any other institution. Our compressed, project-base curriculum means students graduate with the experience and the degree they need to launch their tech careers. 

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Pure computer science

Tech is our singular focus. We offer five bachelor's degrees in computer science, information systems, software and game development, technology management, and web design and development. Each of these degrees better prepare our students for the realities of the tech industry by combining theory with hands-on projects. 

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Real projects, clients, and experience

When we say our curriculum is real-world, we mean it. Our curriculum is developed with input from our industry partners to ensure students are working on meaningful software development projects from day one to better help them hone their creative, analytical, and collaborative skills. Enterprise Projects are what truly set Neumont students apart. For up to three, 10-week quarters, students work in a team creating a tech solution for a company. Companies like Workfront, Pluralsight, and Thing Big have partnered with Neumont over the years to develop software, quality assurance, and information systems projects that help their company accomplish more. Students also complete small, team-based projects and Capstone Projects on their own to show they're ready to tackle the challenges of the tech industry. 

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Bachelor's degree in 3 years

Our students graduate in only three years by attending classes year-round. Our compressed curriculum means students work in sprints (just like devs in the tech industry) to master skills quickly and sequentially so they graduate with knowledge, experience, and confidence. Instructors focus on teaching students how to learn on their own so they can continue to master skills and technologies in the quickly evolving industry. Students get in, get out, and get coding. No wasted time. 

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Computer science optimized

Our focus on computer science is in high demand. There are 8 times more computing jobs available than there are CS graduates to fill them. That helps CS graduates earn an average starting salary of $65,000 a year and estimated lifetime earnings of $1.5 million. Employers that have hired our graduates include Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Blizzard Entertainment, and Amazon, just to name a few. 

If you'd like to see project-based learning in action, drop by Project Showcase on Friday, March 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 143 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students will demonstrate their project work as they compete for prizes. 

If you're ready to start learning to code by coding, complete your Application for Admission before the Late Admission Deadline on Monday, March 29 to receive notification by Tuesday, April 10. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Office of Admissions at 888-638-6668 or admissions@neumont.edu

The best way to learn to code is to code

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At Neumont College of Computer Science, we're all about technology. And, we firmly believe the best way to master tech is to get hands-on experience from day one. That's why all students are automatically enrolled in Intro to Computer Science, a Java-based programming course in their first quarter. 

(If you haven't tried out programming before, check out this free Java course from Codecademy to get a sense of what software development is like.)

Intro to CS is just the beginning of your tech education at Neumont.  From there, you'll dive into other languages, tools, and frameworks with increasing emphasis on the tools needed for your chosen major: computer science, software & game development, web design & development, information systems, and technology management. 

But it isn't all programming courses. We offer general education and electives too, so you can go hiking, wireframe an app, and write an essay on Tolkien all in the same day. Although theory is important, our curriculum is developed in partnership with leaders of the tech industry and emphasizes project-based courses where students learn how to apply what they've learned in a real world setting while developing communication, collaboration, and creativity to solve problems. When you graduate from Neumont, you'll have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to launch your tech career. 

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One of the best examples of our project-based curriculum is Project Showcase. At this STEM fair, students demonstrate their projects to future students, alums, industry partners, faculty, and staff. 

You're invited to  join us on Friday,  March 9, any time from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to see what students have developed. All visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite projects in gaming, non-gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise project categories. The awards ceremony will be at 3:45 p.m. Neumont's campus is at 143 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. Visitors are encouraged to take TRAX (City Center) or to park at City Creek Center.

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If you'd like to drop by during Project Showcase, please let us know you're visiting by calling 888-638-6668 or email events@neumont.edu. All visitors are asked to check in at the front desk.  

Can't wait to start learning software development? Complete your Application for Admission at www.neumont.edu/apply before the deadline on Monday, March 26 and receive your admission and scholarship decision by Tuesday, April 10. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Office of Admissions at 888-638-6668 or email admissions@neumont.edu

Graduate with connections in the tech industry

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Each quarter, Neumont students and alums are invited to attend Tech Talks. These one-hour presentations during lunch provide students an opportunity to connect with developers, engineers, and hiring managers from across the country. This quarter, students will meet the following employers through Tech Talks:

 Students listen to the presenter from AdvancedMD as he shares his company's goals, culture, products, and tech stack. 

Students listen to the presenter from AdvancedMD as he shares his company's goals, culture, products, and tech stack. 

Tech Talks are just one way companies partner with Neumont and get to know our students prior to graduation. Representatives from tech companies are also invited to participate in Capstone Project Invitational and Project Showcase to watch students demonstrate their work. 

 Industry partners from companies like RizePoint, DealerSocket, and Workfront listen to 5 students demo their projects at Capstone Project Invitational. 

Industry partners from companies like RizePoint, DealerSocket, and Workfront listen to 5 students demo their projects at Capstone Project Invitational. 

Companies may also choose to partner with Neumont for Enterprise Projects. During these 10-week projects, students work on a tech team at a company to gain meaningful experience as they develop working software solutions. Students also gain meaningful experience as they build their portfolio and establish their résumé. This week, the DealerSocket team shared that a Neumont alumnus developed an API that was put into production within the first week of their Enterprise Project. 

 Student teams work to implement new software for DealerSocket at a hackfest. 

Student teams work to implement new software for DealerSocket at a hackfest. 

Companies also have the opportunity to sponsor hackathons, game jams, or coding competitions to engage students as well. 

If you would like to develop your network while gaining meaningful experience before graduation, complete your Application for Admission by Monday, March 26 at www.neumont.edu/apply

If you would like to get to know Neumont students through our industry partnership program, please contact Director of Corporate Relations Britta Nelson at brnelson@neumont.edu

Neumont College of Computer Science Hosts Free Workshop for High School Educators

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Neumont College of Computer Science is pleased to offer “Learning by Doing: Practices & Pitfalls,” a free four-hour workshop for high school educators this Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 143 South Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City.

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The workshop will feature Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D., and Vice President of Academic Operations Tim Clark discussing topics ranging from assessing student work and contributions effectively to strategies for empowering students to work better in teams through and active, project-based curriculum.

“We’re passionate about computer science education; and, we’re passionate about student success,” Reed said. “For more than a decade, we’ve been preparing our students to be career-ready at graduation, and one of the building blocks of that success is project-based learning. We’re excited to share the lessons we’ve learned through offering this kind of curriculum with fellow educators.”

Reed says the workshop is part of Neumont’s mission to provide more educational opportunities and community outreach. “Working with and providing support to Utah’s high school educators is one area we’ve identified where we can make a difference,” Reed said. “We’ve heard from many teachers that they’re looking for additional training and education– especially in STEM.”

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Prior to becoming Neumont’s president, Reed served as the institution’s chief operating and academic officer. He has a master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and received his doctorate from Texas Tech University.

Clark has spent 14 years as a professional in the IT world. He has held a range of positions in the IT chain of command from technical support to software architect up to CIO for an eight-campus university located in Southeast Asia. Clark is also a Neumont alumnus, graduating as valedictorian from the institution's first cohort in 2006. He has been a Neumont instructor as well as a program chair. Most recently he was named the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education Business Leader of the Year.

Registration for the workshop is required at www.neumont.edu/educators. For more information about Neumont, visit www.neumont.edu.