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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 College of Computer Sciences's official blogs shares the stories of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff to illustrate the Neumont experience. 

 

2018 Neumont Raspberry Pi Video Scholarship Winners

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Students planning to attend Neumont College of Computer Science were invited to submit a video demonstrating what they learned building a project using a Raspberry Pi. The video submissions were amazing! Our judges were impressed by the initiative, verve, and courage of the students who submitted their projects. Thank you to everyone who participated by telling us about your adventures (or misadventures) with your Raspberry Pis. We loved hearing what you learned about hardware and software through these projects. Video submissions were made in the closed Facebook Group exclusively for the Class of 2021. 

Congratulations to the winners of the contest! Our faculty judges found the videos and projects below the most compelling. Great work, everyone! 

Software Singlemindedness: Riley Byrd

In the software singlemindedness category, students were encouraged to develop software on their own to get something new. Riley made a remarkable script that calls a user with an audio reminder for an upcoming event on their Google Calendar. To build this project, he worked with Python, Google Calendar API, Bash, and more. 

Hardware Bonanza: Tobin Blank

In the hardware category, students were encouraged to connect their Raspberry Pi to other devices to create something new. For his at-home server, Tobin combined a terabyte hard drive with a few different Raspberry Pis and Own Cloud to make DWIGHTS (Da Wireless Instant 1,000 Gig Text File Storage Server). His remarkable soundtrack also helped win the judges over in addition to a great server project. 

Pi + My Story: Lane Allan

To tell his story, Lane did a great job explaining what he knew before he started the project and what he learned to develop a new game. To create a text-based game with his Raspberry Pi, Lane learned Python. In his video he shares that he had previous coding experience with C, but wanted to challenge himself by learning the language associated with the provided hardware. 

Random Winner: Anthony Meredith

With the help of an algorithm, Anthony won the random drawing for the final scholarship. His project connected a Raspberry Pi to a bot that trades cryptocurrency. 

Each of the winning students will receive a $500 scholarship when they attend Neumont this fall. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you're planning to attend Neumont, call 866-801-1300 or email financialaid@neumont.edu to schedule an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid and discuss your options right away. 

Inclusive and united

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It seems fitting to celebrate inclusive and united as two of the values that serve as the foundation for the mission statement of Neumont College of Computer Science. “Improving lives through education,” lends itself to being inclusive and united. As LeeAnn Prince, director of student affairs, explained, “They really go hand-in-hand. Inclusiveness is not about accepting where we are the same, it’s about celebrating what makes us unique and ultimately understanding that by working together, we can accomplish exponentially more than by working alone.” 

Prince says part of her role at Neumont is to help foster a culture of respect that welcomes differences and celebrates diversity. “We should embrace the individuality and unique attributes of others, and that happens when we seek first to understand and then to be understood. Discussion is really the key.”

An important tenant of her job is to ensure that all voices are heard at every level of our institution, and works with Neumont’s various publics to develop the most effective channels and utilize best-practices for open and honest communication. “It can be something as simple as an open door, or even just a suggestion box,” she says, noting the new addition outside her office where the Neumont community (students, staff and faculty) can leave comments, suggestions and questions they’d like addressed.

In essence, inclusivity is not something that is ever wholly achieved; it is an iterative process. And it is through this process, recognizing the strengths and value of one another that we ultimately become united. At Neumont, students and graduates can have a positive impact on the world by leveraging the technical, career, and life skills gleaned at Neumont. Staff, faculty and administration are steadfast and unyielding in their passion to enhance the life of every student to help magnify their potential.

Ultimately, it’s not that Neumont or it’s people are perfect in embodying our new values and mission statement; but as Neumont president Aaron Reed, Ed.D. explained, “they serve to focus on what we believe is most important: making a positive impact on our students, essentially, improving lives through education.”

Innovative

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Neumont College of Computer Science was built on a foundation of innovation. When other computer science programs focus on theories and lectures that don't provide adequate opportunities to develop the technical, project, and team skills needed to successfully transition from college to the workforce, Neumont’s founders took an alternative approach. They met with educators and industry leaders from across the country to design a curriculum that merges academic rigor, relevant professional knowledge, and exposure to cutting-edge technologies.

“At Neumont, we teach students to think critically and creatively to solve problems and to innovate,” said Jerry Pay, student innovations manager who oversees the college's Innovation Center. The Center connects students and graduates to resources beyond campus to help them turn their projects into businesses. These resources provide students with the tools they need to not only build prototypes of their ideas and then test those prototypes, but it also helps them build a business model around their product or idea to prepare them to launch a business. The Innovation Center also gives the students and alumni access to funding groups to help them complete the launch where necessary.

“Our commitment to innovation is something that is part of our foundation,” said Ben Fletcher, vice president information technology, “and innovative processes in the classroom should be second nature to our instructors." Prior to managing the institution's technology infrastructure, Fletcher helped develop the bachelor's degree in information systems and served as the program chair. 

He said, "We teach computer science in a wholly different way—constantly pushing the boundaries of how to educate. Our project-based approached to education, with real-time employer feedback, means that innovation is inherent in what we do. Our students are solving real-world problems. And realistically, what our institution aims to inspire in students is ultimately an extension of what every member of Neumont’s staff, faculty, and administration should also be striving for: embracing creativity, imagination, and inventiveness.”

Striving for Excellence

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According to Tom Beatty, web design and development chair for Neumont College of Computer Science, striving for excellence is a nice ideal, but not necessary a goal that’s attainable (and thus, the constant striving). He says, “It’s hard to know when you’ve actually reached it.” Beatty shares his belief that everyone is better served by focusing on the best work you can do.

“It's good to push yourself,” he says. “Try challenging things. Learn more. Be curious, Do more, and don't give up. Decide you can do something, and then do it. If you fail, try again with the new knowledge you've obtained. Don't worry so much about achieving excellence at the start. If you continually work hard and do your best to be better than you were or to know more than you did, excellence is the inevitable byproduct.”

And Beatty knows about pushing himself: ever the life-long learner, he admits to spending a lot of time on both Udemy.com and Pluralsight completing online training.  

“I need to keep current on the ever-changing technologies associated with the industry. There is always another framework or library that will help my students be better prepared for their future careers. Beyond that, I love learning and then teaching new things. It keeps my job both challenging and interesting,” he said when asked how he strives for excellence in his own work.

When Neumont’s leadership, staff, and faculty—like Beatty—consider the impact their efforts have on students, the significance of the work becomes evident. Neumont staff and faculty strive to improve every aspect of our institution with the belief that the results of our efforts positively impact our community. We expect excellence from each other, and we try to instill that in our colleagues, students, and alumni.

We are constantly striving for excellence to improve lives through education.

Cultivating a Student-centered Approach

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“Students who enroll at Neumont entrust us with their educational and professional future,” said Jeremiah Harrison, manager of academic systems and faculty chair for general education at Neumont College of Computer Science. “We do not take that great responsibility lightly.” Harrison says the College's entire focus is on each individual student and striving to fulfill our commitment to them, which he describes as  “providing [them] with life-changing educational opportunities that lead to fulfilling careers.”

Associate Director of Admissions Jasmine Peña echoes Harrison's sentiments. “We see the value in the Neumont model and the positive impact it can have on our students." When asked how her team is student-centered, she went on to say, “Our focus is not just current students, but we are also working to find future students who would benefit from our educational system. We look for ways to partner with alumni that benefit the entire student-cycle: from prospective students, to current students, and graduates.”

Director of Financial Aid Nate Blanchard says being student-centered goes well-beyond the classroom and the project-based curriculum: “It also has to do with understanding and recognizing the financial burden placed on today’s college students,” He says, noting that his team is tasked with discovering ways to support students and minimize their financial burden any way possible. Whether that’s through finding grants or scholarships, gaining an understanding of financial literacy, or helping students understand the importance of budgeting, ultimately his team is working for the student.

Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fullmer notes that every day choices in the workplace effect students, “The resources we oversee are directly related to tuition costs. So every employee is tasked with using those resources wisely, ultimately to provide the best services possible to our students—past, present and future.”

Announcing Our New Mission and Values Statement

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“On numerous occasions I have shared with our staff, faculty and you how much I love Neumont because of my passion for computer science education,” said Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D., this afternoon in an email to students where he echoed Monday’s announcement that Neumont had officially launched it’s new mission statement,

"Improving lives through education."

“A mission statement should inspire and drive action,” Reed said. “We are an institution full of people who are passionate about computer science education; it’s time our mission statement better represented who we are and what drive us.”

Over the next five days we’ll be taking a look at the supporting values that govern this new mission statement:

  • Tirelessly passionate about education
  • Student-centered
  • Striving for excellence
  • Innovative
  • Inclusive
  • United

We’re kicking off the week with our value “Tirelessly passionate about education,” because at Neumont, it’s a passion for education that drives our faculty, staff and administration. What many in academia (or any sector) may deem as the drudgery of work, the inspiring mission of “changing lives through education”  helps Neumont faculty to more fully recognize and embrace the potential impact they have on the lives of others.

We recruit faculty and staff who embrace and live the culture of life-long learning. Our most successful faculty members are passionate computer scientists and developers with comprehensive industry experience and a desire to share what they’ve learned with students.

We recruit students who have already made the bold decision to pursue an education in computer science. Many of our students will be the first in their family to attend college. With the knowledge and skills they’ve attained during their time at Neumont, they change not only their lives, but set a new course for their family and generations to come.  

Neumont College of Computer Science Wraps Career Week with Address from Institution’s Co-Founder and Amazon Web Services Academy Leader Scott McKinley

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Neumont College of Computer Science wrapped up one of its largest career weeks in the institution’s history today. With more than 20 participating businesses, the week has included opportunities for companies to recruit future Neumont graduates, and for current students to learn from industry leaders during Tech Talks Participating companies included Overstock, SelectHealth, and Amazon. Scott McKinley, Amazon Web Services Academy Leader and a co-founder of Neumont presented the final Tech Talk to students on Friday, May 18.

 Neumont Co-founder and AWS Academy Leader Scott McKinley presents a Tech Talk to students enrolled in the information systems degree program. 

Neumont Co-founder and AWS Academy Leader Scott McKinley presents a Tech Talk to students enrolled in the information systems degree program. 

“We’re thrilled to have had such an incredible turnout for this spring’s Career Week,” said Britta Nelson, Neumont Director of Corporate Relations. In her role, Nelson works closely with companies and organizations looking to hire students with tech expertise or develop projects with students. “It’s really been a win-win for the companies and our students.”

Neumont President Aaron Reed. Ed.D., explained that “Neumont’s focus is to improve lives through education, and we see that with the success of our Career Weeks. Students and companies alike benefit from our hands-on, project-based approach to computer science education that means our students are ready to hit the ground running when they graduate. It also means that companies can take advantage of scouting talent and putting that talent to work even before graduation.”

 Students connect with recruiters and developers from local and national companies. 

Students connect with recruiters and developers from local and national companies. 

Additional companies at the Career Fair included:

  • 1-800 Contacts
  • AdvancedMD
  • Axxess
  • Block Brothers
  • Canopy Tax
  • Cricut
  • MRM McCann
  • NICEinContact
  • Numetric
  • Overstock
  • Podium
  • Progressive Leasing
  • SANA Works
  • SelectHealth
  • Sense Corp
  • Spuzle
  • Taos Technology
  • Verisys

Teach Talk presenters involved in Career Week include the following companies:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Blue Panda Communications
  • Canopy Tax
  • Tope Technology
  • Verisys
 A student shares what his experience of working with Blue Panda Communications through an Enterprise Project. 

A student shares what his experience of working with Blue Panda Communications through an Enterprise Project. 

Neumont Capstone Projects: 3D Printed Fossils by Shane Rouleau

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Each quarter, students in Neumont College of Computer Science's Bachelor of Science degree programs present their Capstone Project to a panel of faculty and staff to show they're ready to take on Enterprise Projects their senior year. This month we're highlighting a few of the remarkable projects developed by students in the business technology operations management program (BSTM). 

Illinois-native Shane Rouleau saw an opportunity to apply technology to his paleontology hobby when he began his Capstone Project. Early on, Shane met with area museums to find ways technology could help them succeed. The North American Museum of Ancient Life had an opportunity: They had a fossil they wanted to test, but could not for fear of damaging the ancient bone. 

 The original fossil Shane Rouleau turned into a 3D printed and testable object. 

The original fossil Shane Rouleau turned into a 3D printed and testable object. 

However, Shane quickly recognized a modern solution to this problem: 3D Printing. He set to work connecting the museum to a printer. At a meeting between the museum reps, Shane realized that project management was about connection. He had successfully helped a museum find the resources it needed to continue its paleontology work.

That doesn't mean the project was without its challenges. Shane struggled to find a museum that was willing to work with him. Although he's proud of what he accomplished for the North American Museum of Ancient Life, he wishes more museums had recognized the opportunity he was offering. 

He plans to continue to work with the museum printing additional fossils for continued testing. He is currently working with DealerSocket on an Enterprise Project as a project manager and programmer. 

Neumont Capstone Projects: Sports Data Analytics by Josh Little

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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. 

This week we're featuring Bachelor of Science in Business Operations and Technology Management Senior Josh Little for his project that brought together his passion for sports and his aptitude for technology as he developed a cloud-based data warehouse for data analytics using public data from the NFL. 

 Student Josh Little at Neumont's 2015 Annual Fall Foam Massive at Library Square. 

Student Josh Little at Neumont's 2015 Annual Fall Foam Massive at Library Square. 

A Las Vegas, Nevada native, Josh came to Neumont after working for a few years and recognizing that he wanted a more stable career path. Josh plays ultimate Frisbee, manages a gaming channel, and runs a fantasy football league in addition to being an avid fan of football and hockey. 

After majoring in Technology Management, Josh settled on expanding his skills in data analytics through Capstone to show high-level football organizations the value of his skills and data management.

"This project serves a need rather than solving a problem by providing a way to store, operate, and visualize massive amounts of data in a way that makes sense and is usable," said Josh describing the purpose of his project. 

Developing a project, Josh would be proud to put his name on was a challenge to find a way to bring together sports and technology. He said, "I decided to create something that would marry my aptitude for technology with my passion for sports and carve out my own little niche in the tech world."

One of the most challenging aspects of any Capstone Project (especially one like this) is solving problems without any direction. Josh created his own system of self-evaluation to determine the best solution to problems he faced. 

 Josh Little (back, middle) helped mentor first-year students during his sophomore year at Neumont as a Peer Leader. 

Josh Little (back, middle) helped mentor first-year students during his sophomore year at Neumont as a Peer Leader. 

He also found it rewarding to create a project he was deeply passionate about. "First and foremost, I felt good about myself even when I didn't know where I was going during this project," he said. The project ultimately opened up new opportunities for Josh and he is now completing an Enterprise Project with University of Utah Football Director of Sports Science Ernest Rimer.

"I have a skill set that I’ve been honing and still have room to grow; I have an ability to self-motivate and self-direct; and I have an Enterprise project to work on that I feel incredibly passionate about and excited for," said Josh when asked about his senior year. 

Josh thanks his dad, Ken Little for helping him find the courage to persevere and continue his education in technology despite worries that there may not be a place for a sports guy in tech. Ken helped Josh evaluate his passions and chase those goals regardless of his degree. "Time has proven him right," he said. "It turns out there will always be room for me in places that I am willing to make it."