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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. 

 

Neumont Commencement Address Looks to Tech Future in Utah and Beyond

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Neumont College of Computer Science honored graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, August 31 at The Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. John Knotwell, CEO and president of the Utah Technology Council, provided the keynote address. Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D. also spoke briefly. You can watch the full ceremony at the YouTube link below. 

Knotwell, a 12-year veteran in Utah's growing tech community spoke of the value of listening, sharing that, "…true listening shows that you value those people around you. It shows that you are invested in them as people, and that you, as a colleague, coworker, boss, or friend, want them to succeed. And a world where we all wish one another success is the only way to find success ourselves. It's how we build each other up, how we build up our organizations, how we have faith in the future."

Valedictorian Mary Shultz (Computer Science) and Salutatorians Ben Goff (Computer Science) and Justin Furtado (Software & Game Development) stand to receive their diplomas. 

Valedictorian Mary Shultz (Computer Science) and Salutatorians Ben Goff (Computer Science) and Justin Furtado (Software & Game Development) stand to receive their diplomas. 

Making a plug for Utah's tech future as well, Knotwell shared, "We have over 6,500 tech firms in Utah. We are the fastest growing in the country, adding job after job after job to every listing site that has ever existed," noting that, "There will never be a moment where opportunity is not calling you. The only real impact that you can make, in your career or in your life, is your choice," and invited Neumont graduates to stay local.

Bashaa'ir Abdul-Qasim's (Information Systems) family greets the graduate during a reception after the ceremony. 

Bashaa'ir Abdul-Qasim's (Information Systems) family greets the graduate during a reception after the ceremony. 

"Make the choice to stay," he implored. "Make this community your home. Explore opportunities and the mountains. Invest your time here finding the balance that we all want in work and in life."

After noting three key life lessons gleaned from his time in tech and higher education, Dr. Reed closed his remarks reminding graduates, "Today was the day you joined an elite tech workforce --  the one-and-a-half percent that are chiefly responsible for the future of America's economy and national security," referencing remarks earlier where he noted that while 30 percent of Americans have bachelors degrees, only 3 percent of all awarded degrees go to computer science, and only 1.5 percent of people in the United States work in computer science.

2018 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker John Knotwell, Utah Technology Council president and CEO, reminds graduates that the best way to find success is to help others. 

2018 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker John Knotwell, Utah Technology Council president and CEO, reminds graduates that the best way to find success is to help others. 

But "even more exclusively than that," Reed said, "remember that today is the day you joined a growing army of tech giants that are part of a family of Neumont alumni."

What to Bring to College

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Move-in Day for first-year students is almost here! As you're preparing for college, deciding what to bring with you can feel like an overwhelming task. That's why we worked with current students to develop a list of the five most important things to bring with you to Neumont College of Computer Science in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

In the video on our YouTube channel, Admissions Manager Jason Thompson walks through the top five most important items to bring with you. 

5-First aid kit, including over-the-counter and prescription medications. 

4-Business casual clothing like polos, khakis, and nice shoes. 

3-Tech support meaning HDMI cables, chargers, batteries, and other items. 

2-All weather clothing, prepare for snow, rain, and sun. Bring a coat, gloves, hat, scarf, umbrella, jacket, and boots. 

1-Identification documents like a stat-issued ID and copies of insurance cards. 

For a more complete Packing List, go to https://tinyurl.com/neumontPacking. The Class of 2021 will move into Student Housing on Friday, September 21. Check your email and mail for exact move-in times and location. If you have any questions, contact your Admissions Officer at 888-638-6668 or admissions@neumont.edu

Class of 2021 Laptop: Lenovo P1

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We're thrilled to announce that incoming first-year students enrolled in the bachelor's degree programs will receive the Lenovo P1 as the cohort laptop in the fall of 2018. 

Each year, Neumont College of Computer Science carefully selects a new machine for the incoming students to use throughout their time here. This high-end work machine will allow students from each degree program to use the tools they need to create remarkable apps, sites, tools, games, reports, and more. 

The complete specs for the Lenovo P1 are listed below. 

Lenovo P1: 4-year warranty with accidental damage protection

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64

Processor:  Intel Core i7-8850H (Hexa Core 2.60GHz, 4.30GHz Turbo, 9MB 45W, w/Intel UHD Graphics 630)

Memory:  32GB (16+16), DDR4-2666MHz, SODIMM

Graphics:  NVIDIA Quadro P2000 w/4GB GDDR5 128bits

Wireless:  Intel 9560 Card (802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2), 2x2 MIMO

Hard Drive:  M.2 PCIe 512GB SSD

Battery: 4-cell (80Wh) Lithium Ion battery

Display: 15.6 FHD (1920x1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300nits

Requiring a specific make and model of laptop has a few key advantages. First, it helps Neumont support your hardware quickly and efficiently. We handle all standard warranty service on-campus at no extra cost, which saves valuable time for our students. Second, having a large fleet of a specific model allows us to quickly gather data and apply fixes if needed to a large population. Lastly, it ensures consistency among students in the classroom learning process.

Inside the software and game development bachelor's degree with program chair Ray Maple

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Software & Game Development Program Chair Ray Maple sat down with Admissions Manager Jason Thompson for a 30-minute livestream on YouTube to chat about the game development industry, learning game development at Neumont College of Computer Science, and what it takes to succeed in that competitive field. 

You can watch the full video on our YouTube channel.

Ray has over 20 years of experience developing games. He has worked at small game studios, "Indies before we called them 'indies,'" Ray jokes. And he has worked at large companies like Disney working to develop games like Disney Infinity 1, 2, and 3.

After developing games for so long, Ray made the switch to teaching. He brings experience from making game engines to programming game play. "I feel like I've seen it all," says Ray. "I've done everything..I can show these students how to build a game from the ground up."

Watching students grow and learn from the beginning is the most rewarding part of his current job. He says watching students be creative and do more as they learn more is what keeps him going. 

The game development program at Neumont covers C, C++, C#, and game engines in addition to artificial intelligence, shading, characters, physics, and more. 

If you would like to earn a bachelor's degree in software and game development at Neumont, complete your Application for Admission now. 

Neumont Student Clubs and Organizations for the Tech-obsessed

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At Neumont College of Computer Science, our students stay active by participating in clubs and organizations. These student-driven organizations change over time to reflect the interests of our students. Currently, our most popular clubs are listed below. 

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  • Tabletop RPGs (Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, and more.)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (Football and golf combined with a flying disc.) 
  • Trading Card Games (It's more than Magic with this group.) 
  • Society of Women Engineers (Raise funds for local organizations.) 
  • Halo (Sponsored by Microsoft.) 
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If you can't wait to meet our students, then apply to Neumont right away. Classes start on Monday, October 1. And you'll get to know each of the clubs at the Club Fair on Thursday, October 4 at 12 p.m.

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Applications for Admission are being evaluated weekly. Contact your Admissions Officer at 888-638-6668 or admissions@neumont.edu to ensure your application is completed quickly. 

Neumont Launches Hybrid Online Programs

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Neumont College of Computer Science announced the launch of its new hybrid online programs today. The college now offers a Certificate in Web Development and an Associate of Science in Software Development in a predominantly online format. Students enrolled in these part-time programs will take courses online and meet on-campus once a week for mentorship and guidance as they develop projects.

“We looked at current online offerings and noted that many of these programs struggle to create a community for the students,” said Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D. “So we thought about how we could recreate the encouraging and supportive atmosphere we have on our campus online and concluded the best solution was to initially provide programs that are mostly online and ensure students are getting to know their professors face-to-face.”

The Certificate in Web Development is offered on a part-time, nine-month program plan and is intended for students who want to keep working while going to school. Online class and study time should take around 20 hours a week and can be done at any hour of the day or night.   

“One of the goals we set for this program,” said Jason Hammon, manager of instructional design at Neumont, “was to recreate the Neumont hands-on, project-based curriculum that a student could take while working full-time. We hope this makes it easier for non-traditional students to transition to a career in technology.”

The program is expected to help non-traditional students and students without previous college education learn some of the skills they need to start a career in the software industry from an accredited intuition. Neumont is an accredited member with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

The programs are now accepting applications. Classes start on Monday, October 1. To learn more, go to www.neumont.edu/online.

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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.”