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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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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

Krista Smith

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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

Krista Smith

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

Why choose Neumont?

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

At our campus in downtown Salt Lake City, students learn in small, hands-on, project-based classes where they complete projects modeled after the tech industry. Students demonstrate what they've learned at our tech science fair Project Showcase. Then after two years of intense learning, they prove themselves to their peers and faculty through Capstone Projects. Finally, they work with real companies on meaningful projects during their senior year gaining relevant and practical experience prior to graduation. 

When you graduate in only 3 years with a bachelor's degree in technology, you'll have the skills and the experience you need to launch your tech career. Learn more about Neumont's unique curriculum by watching this video

What happened at Neumont Freshman Orientation 2017

Krista Smith

Every fall quarter, Neumont College of Computer Science welcomes a new cohort of incoming students eager to kick-start their careers in computer science. This year was no different.

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The weekend leading up to the first day of Freshman Orientation began with the long-awaited Move-In Day. Students met their roommates for the first time and saw their new apartments. After moving furniture and decorating apartments, students and their families went to Orientation Kickoff in which many students said their goodbyes to their families, and received their new Neumont laptop.

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After the weekend, freshmen immediately started their first classes with Freshman Seminar, a specially designed course that helps students get to know, not only their peers and instructors, but Neumont and Salt Lake City.

The schedule for this year’s Freshman Orientation included Freshman Seminar classes in the morning followed by social and group activities in the afternoon. Freshman Orientation is dedicated to helping freshmen learn the ins and outs of Neumont and learning about important resources available to help such as Advocates, Peer Leaders, Resident Advisors, and each other.

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Every Freshman Orientation includes a Peer Leader activity in which freshmen join their peer leaders for team-building exercises and icebreaker games. During the week, students participated in many after-class activities that introduced them to Salt Lake City such as going to the Megaplex Gateway for a cheap movie or hiking the city to see the gorgeous views from the Utah State Capitol.

Later in the week, students met at the Salt Lake City Library for a presentation about finding success and resources at Neumont, which was followed by a student panel discussion. Freshman were encouraged to ask for help, manage their time wisely, game less, study more, and learn to manage their finances. 

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To celebrate the end of Freshman Orientation this fall, the Unified Student Government of Neumont, also known as USG, hosted a “Big Kid Games” night in which stations were set up around the campus to play Giant Jenga, Life-Size Battleship, and an extreme Hungry Hungry Hippos. Students were divided into groups for the games and competed against each other to win prizes.

Neumont College of Computer Science Announces Project Showcase Winners

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Neumont College of Computer Science is pleased to announce the winners of the most recent Project Showcase held Friday, September 1, 2017.

"Project Showcase is a microcosm of what we do at Neumont," says Neumont College of Computer Science President Shaun McAlmont. "The event highlights students' tech creations and provides a look at the ingenuity coming from our students who are ultimately the STEM-leaders of the future."

Justin Furtado took home the Audience Choice Award for his game, "Gemetary."

Justin Furtado took home the Audience Choice Award for his game, "Gemetary."

"Gemetary" by Justin Furtado took home the Audience Choice Award, for his infinite-maze game set in a cemetery of gems, where players are tasked with collecting as many treasures as possible while avoiding spiders, skeletons and exploding tombstones.

Kyle St. Amant's "Lost Light" was the runner-up in the gaming category. 

Kyle St. Amant's "Lost Light" was the runner-up in the gaming category. 

Additional award winners included "Lost Light," the runner-up in the gaming category by Kyle St. Amant, and winner Shawn McCuistion for "System Failure." "Lost Light" challenges players to scavenge for better equipment to survive in a mysterious world. "System Failure" is a 3D first-person shooter where a player must navigate randomly populated rooms to survive.

Shawn McCuistion's "System Failure" won the gaming category. 

Shawn McCuistion's "System Failure" won the gaming category. 

The non-gaming category ended in a tie between "Wine & Dine" by Sophie Wargo and "Hearth" by Mary Schultz, Ben Goff and Ryan Stead. 

"Hearth" developed by Ryan Stead, Ben Goff, and Mary Shultz tied with "Wine & Dine" for best app in the non-gaming category. 

"Hearth" developed by Ryan Stead, Ben Goff, and Mary Shultz tied with "Wine & Dine" for best app in the non-gaming category. 

"Wine & Dine" is a web application that takes in a user's food preferences, then generates a meal to cook (complete with ingredients and recipe). It also suggests a wine to pair with the meal based on flavors. "Hearth" is a recipe-sharing application across web and Android platforms, where users can create, share, review, save and store their favorite recipes.

Sophie Wargo's "Wine & Dine" tied with "Hearth" to win the non-gaming category.

Sophie Wargo's "Wine & Dine" tied with "Hearth" to win the non-gaming category.

Neumont College of Computer Science focuses on being the leader in computer science education. At its Salt Lake Citycampus, Neumont offers bachelor's degrees in software and game development, computer information systems, technology management, and web design and development. The college also hosts an online software development degree.

For more information about Project Showcase and Neumont College of Computer Science, visit www.neumont.edu.

Neumont's Guide to Freshman Orientation

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Neumont College of Computer Science's Freshman Orientation for the Class of 2020 is almost here! And we can't wait to welcome the newest cohort of students to our campus in Salt Lake City. Before you board that airplane, we have some advice for how to make the most of your first week or Week Zero at Neumont. During Week Zero, you'll take Freshman Seminar a course packed with tech-focused activities to help you get acclimated to Salt Lake City, Neumont, and learning technology. 

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1. Make new friends

Housing Move-in Day and Orientation Kickoff are two great opportunities to start making new friends. Your college experience will be greatly influenced by who you choose to surround yourself with, so start finding your favorite people now. Everyone here shares your interest in technology, you already have something to talk about, so don't be afraid to start a conversation. 

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2. Pack the important stuff

You're embarking on a new adventure, make sure to be prepared. We strongly encourage students to bring the following items:

  • Laptop Bag
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Wireless mouse
  • External hard drive
  • HDMI cable
  • Chargers
  • Notebooks
  • Pens or pencils
  • Bedding for a standard twin bed
  • Heavy coat
  • Winter boots

A more complete packing list can be found on the Accepted Student Portal in the Residence Life section. Additionally, you should have received your housing assignment with exact move-in time and location via email and mail. Please plan to arrive on time as this will help ensure everyone has a positive move in experience. If you haven't received your housing assignment yet, please contact your Admissions Officer at 888-638-6668 right away. 

As a reminder, if some items you are bringing are too large to bring with you, you may have them shipped to campus prior to your arrival. Please contact Residence Life Coordinator Emily Renda at erenda@neumont.edu to make arrangements.

Neumont's student housing apartment buildings are located near grocery stores and big box retailers, so you may purchase other items when you arrive. 

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3. Try out public transportation

As a Neumont student, you will receive a UTA Student Pass. This will allow you to use Salt Lake City's light rail (TRAX) and bus system. This network connects each of Neumont's housing facilities in addition to connecting downtown to the airport and surrounding suburbs. You can even take a ski bus to some of the local resorts during the winter season. For more information about Utah's public transit system including maps and schedules, please visit www.rideuta.com

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4. Attend Orientation Kickoff

On the morning of Saturday, September 23, you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) are encouraged to attend a brief presentation on Neumont, Salt Lake City, and more. During this event, you will receive your new Dell laptop in addition to your books, course schedule, and laptop bag (if you haven't already picked it up). 

This event coincides with Housing Orientation which all students living in Neumont housing must attend at 2 p.m. on campus at 143 South Main Street. 

For a more detailed agenda of this event, check out the Program Guide. 

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5. Be ready to learn

They say attitude is everything, and while it probably isn't everything, it can make a difference in your experience. You may not have experience coding; you may have been coding your whole life. Either way, you're likely to learn something new during Week Zero either about tech, yourself, or your new home. The more comfortable you are with learning new things, the more you'll succeed. So why not give it a try and check out this Java course from Codecademy

We can't wait to see you there! If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact your Admissions Officer at admissions@neumont.edu or 888-638-6668.