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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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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.

Neumont College of Computer Science VP Academic Operations Tim Clark Named Utah Association for Career and Technical Education Business Leader of the Year

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Neumont College of Computer Science congratulates Tim Clark on being named the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education Business Leader of the Year. Clark currently serves as Neumont’s Vice President of Academic Operations and was presented the award in conjunction with the Utah ACTE Mid-Winter Conference, held at Jordan High School in Sandy on Friday, February 2, 2018.

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Utah ACTE is the largest professional association serving educators in the career and technical education profession in the state of Utah.

Denise Abbott, Utah ACTE awards chair, said Clark was “chosen for his dedication and commitment to teachers and students of career and technical education. We are impressed with his efforts to increase and enhance career and technical education by providing such excellent leadership and service to the community.”

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 program chair for the Bachelor's Degree of Science in Web Design & Development.

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“Tim represents all the best parts of Neumont,” President Aaron Reed, Ed.D., explained. “He has a passion for computer science education, a love of teaching and a desire to share that knowledge and passion with others. We are honored to have him as an integral part of our leadership at Neumont, and congratulate him for being honored as Utah ACTE’s Business Leader of the Year.”

For more than three years, Clark has spent time outside of his Neumont responsibilities teaching at Utah ACTE’s summer and winter conferences, and this year recruited additional members of Neumont’s leadership and staff to help train career and technical educators; including Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D.; Ben Fletcher, vice president of information systems and program chair of the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems; Tom Beatty, program chair of the Bachelor of Science in Web Design & Development; and Josh Krebs, computer science instructor. Neumont’s participation accounts for 25% of the Utah ACTE tech training sessions at the winter conference. 

Neumont Live: How to Apply & When to Visit

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You asked! We answered! 

The Office of Admissions at Neumont College of Computer Science hosted a livestream where Associate Director of Admissions Jasmine Peña and Computer Science Instructor Josh Krebs answered questions about the admissions process and visiting campus. 

Watch the full video for great advice on how to complete your best application by the General Admission Deadline on Monday, January 29. (Hint: Request transcripts now, and ask for help with your essays.) Josh and Jasmine even talk about why you may want to take the SAT or ACT. Complete your Application for Admission at www.neumotn.edu/apply and automatically be considered for a grant or scholarship.

Josh shares his advice on what to bring to FReX on April 6-7, 2018 which includes paper and pen, pocket money to try out some local eats, and a handheld gaming device, card game, or board game that you enjoy. Jasmine recommends wearing good walking shoes and a light jacket as well. Accepted students are encouraged to learn more at www.neumont.edu/frex

Capstone Project Invitational Winners "Homestead" and "Ivory"

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Neumont College of Computer Science is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of its annual Capstone Project Invitational event are “Homestead” and “Ivory.”

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“Homestead” by Ryan Stead received the Alumni Choice Award. The judging panel noted the project’s technical depth and potential in the marketplace as reasons for choosing it. The project is a virtual reality interior design tool that allows users to explore different colors, lighting, furniture, décor and more before redesigning their space. The computer science student moved to Salt Lake City from Gloversville, New York to attend Neumont.

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“Ivory” by Benjamin Goff was given the Industry Partner Choice Award for its technical depth and potential for success. The project is a piano tutorial that aims to help users teach themselves to play the piano. The user interface uses MIDI music files and a virtual keyboard to allow anyone with a USB or Bluetooth enabled keyboard to learn. Goff, who is originally from Rexburg, Idaho, is a senior majoring in computer science at Neumont.

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“There was some tough competition,” said Director of Academics Jeremiah Harrison. “All of these projects were amazing, we’re so proud of all of our students. These students today really went above and beyond to show what they can do.” Harrison hosted the event on Friday, January 12 at the Salt Lake City Public Library. A livestream of the event is available on Neumont’s Facebook page.

Other projects presented at the event included:

  • “3D Mesh Generator” by Justin Furtado: This tool allows game developers and designers to quickly create varied models by altering small details automatically.
  • “Angela’s Bakery” by Sophie Wargo: A custom website that allows a user to place an order for a cake using a 3D visualization tool.
  • “MCraft Tutorials” by Baret Woods: A website where users can create, share and show off the things they create in Minecraft.
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Capstone Projects are 10-week projects students design and develop on their own to show they’re ready to tackle the challenges of their senior year. Each year, five students with the best projects as determined by faculty are invited to demonstrate their work to a judging panel of alumni and tech industry partners.

Neumont is unparalleled in its approach to academics— uniting business, technology, and creativity to educate tomorrow’s tech elite. With a focus on project-based learning, students are immersed in a tech environment from day one to earn a degree in technology that will help launch their careers. Learn more about Neumont at www.neumont.edu.

Neumont Granted Accreditation by Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges

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Neumont College of Computer Science is pleased to announce they have been granted accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC’s accreditation is effective immediately and is granted for a four-year term.

Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D. said, “We are proud to join a class of prestigious institutions affiliated with and accredited by ACCSC. The commission’s rigorous standards are perfectly aligned with our own institutional goals of continual improvement.”

Reed echoed ACCSC’s mission to provide an accountable framework for institutions that first and foremost seek to offer well-developed programs that prepare students for their chosen field of work. He also noted that ACCSC requires institutions to continually demonstrate their commitment to meeting established program objectives.

“What this accreditation provides,” Reed explained, “is a framework of accountability. Neumont has long prided itself on helping students be career-ready at graduation. Ultimately, our vision is to change lives through education. Part of our process is getting feedback from employers to make sure our grads are ready to hit the ground running. Adhering to ACCSC’s rigorous requirements helps us ensure we’re meeting the needs of both students and the tech community.”

ACCSC standards note that although the initial term of accreditation through the commission is typically three years, a four-year term may be granted in exceptional cases. The four-year grant awarded to Neumont reflects the institution’s history of high standards and stellar student outcomes.

 

ACCSC’s scope of recognition with the U.S. Department of Education includes the accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers. More information can be found at www.accsc.org.

Neumont is unparalleled in its approach to academics— uniting business, technology, and creativity to educate tomorrow’s tech elite. With a focus on project-based learning, students are immersed in a tech environment from day one to earn a degree in technology that will help launch their careers. For more about Neumont’s unique approach to education, visit www.neumont.edu.

Neumont's Top 10 Reasons to Visit During FReX

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Neumont's Accepted Student Weekend is April 6-7, 2018! Each year, students who are considering attending the computer science-focused college are invited to attend a two-day event to experience life as a freshman. This year is no exception. Below are the top 10 reasons why students from across the country choose to spend a weekend in Salt Lake City. 

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  1. Get to know other future students: One of the best parts of FReX is getting to meet other future students. You’ll fit right in with other students with similar interests and hobbies. It’s also a good way to connect with future roommates.
  2. See what Salt Lake City has to offer: Nestled in downtown Salt Lake City, the Neumont campus is surrounded by concert venues, museums, movie theaters and everything a student could want to keep busy. During your visit, you’ll have an opportunity to explore Salt Lake using TRAX, Utah’s public transit light rail system.
  3. Explore the campus: On Friday afternoon you’ll get to explore Neumont’s campus. We’re housed in a historic 12-story historic building renovated to create a modern learning environment.
  4. Go for a test drive: One of the best ways to find out if any college, and especially Neumont, is a good fit is to visit in person. FReX is the best way for accepted students to find out how they’ll fit in here. This event hits the sweet spot between informative and fun to help you make the best decision. 
  5. Get to know current students: See current Neumont students in their natural environment. See student project work, game the night away, and chat with current students. You may even meet your new best friend. It’s been known to happen.
  6. Observe project- and problem-based learning: You’ve heard us talk about Neumont’s special sauce of project- and problem-based learning, now check it out in action. Visitors will get to see some of the best student project work at Project Showcase Prime. This hands-on experience will give you and your parents a chance to see what sort of projects our students get to work on from day one.
  7. Game on: The highlight of FReX for many accepted students is our Student Social on Friday night. This all-things-game event features everything from console to table-top to RPGs. There will be plenty of food and drink to fuel an evening of fun.
  8. Tour student housing: Visitors will have an opportunity to tour a student apartment, meet with Resident Advisors and ask questions of the Student Affairs staff.
  9. Take advantage of our complimentary hotel offer:* We’re excited to show Neumont in person, which is why we offer our accepted students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) or spouse a complimentary hotel room for up to two nights. We’ll also provide meals during the event. We hope you’ll take us up on this one-time offer; we’re excited to have you visit our campus.
  10. Ask away: Find answers to all of your burning college-related questions. Visitors will enjoy a Q&A Session with alumni . You’ll also have opportunities to speak with key members of faculty and staff. We recommend jotting down your questions in advance to make sure you walk away with all the answers you need.

Can't wait to visit? Submit your Application for Admission by January 29, 2018 to receive your admission decision and invitation to FReX 2018. If you're already accepted, register for FReX now on the Accepted Student Portal

*Only students who have been accepted to start classes in the fall of 2018 and live more than 50 miles from campus may qualify for this one-room, two-night stay at an are hotel of Neumont's choosing. For additional rules and eligibility, go to accepted.neumont.edu

2017 Fall Career Week at Neumont

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Each quarter, Neumont students and alumni are invited to paritcipate in Career Week events designed to help them network and land great jobs at tech companies. This quarter is no exception. 

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Tech Talks will take place three days this week with a different company presenting each day. The brief presentations include lunch. At the end of the Tech Talk, you'll have an opportunity to enter a drawing for a gift card. Lunch and seating is provided on a first-come, first served basis. Participating companies this quarter include:

  • RightsLine: A fast-paced company focused on helping businesses manage their assets, inventory, and legal considerations. 
  • Scentsy: A fragrance company providing candles, perfumes, lotions, and more.
  • Axxess: A home health care software company. 
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A Career Fair will also be held on Thursday, November 16, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in The Commons. Students are encourage to arrive on time, in their best professional dress with updated resumes available. Companies looking to hire tech superstars over the next year will be attending this event. 

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If you need assistance preparing for any of these events, please contact Career Services Manager Matt Wallace