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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 | Highlight Video

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Each year at Neumont College of Computer Science, our students exceed expectations and create remarkable projects. To display their work, we host the Capstone Project Invitational–a 10-week project-based challenge–where faculty selected students present their final product to a panel of industry professionals and alumni. In addition, we extend the invitation to Neumont students, staff, and community members to bask in the effort, progress, and successes of our presenters. Below you’ll get a quick look at the finalist and their projects from our CPI 2019 event:

Madeline Richard

Senior, Madeline Richard majoring in BSWD, created Photofolio, a social networking website. Her site is used as an online portfolio building tool for photographers to highlight and sell their work. If you’re an aspiring photographer, this is the perfect platform for you! On the technological front, Madeline utilized the MERN stack (MongoDB, Express, React, and Node), Redux, Cayman, AWS technologies including S3 buckets.

Nathan Gift

Nathan Gift, graduating this fall with a BSCS major, built a web application that allows users to generate music on the go. His project has the ability to create computer generated original songs based on a set of parameters–preferred instruments, rhythm, duration. Nathan utilized Spring Boot, JavaScript, HTML, J music, and Timidity. For music enthusiasts and amateur video creators, this is the app for you.

Colin Misbach

Colin Misbach, Neumont senior who will be graduating with a BSGD major, spearheaded his project, Nomads, which is a social media platform for gaming connoisseurs. The podium allows players to connect on a central hub and communicate with others also engaging in the site. Colin used Unity and high-level API’s for this project. Neumont is full of gamers and you know we’re really looking forward to exploring Nomad.

Melissa Buena

If you’re a foodie, then soon-to-be grad with a degree in BSWD Melissa Buena’s app is for you. Her project allows users to find unique and varied food options near them. The application function is similar to that of Tinder, where the users can swipe through choices based on their search preferences. Melissa intended to give food lovers more opportunities to discover different restaurants when launching this app. When creating Crave, she used the MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express, Angular, and Node). If your stomach is grumbling, it’s time to pull up Crave.

Ramon Caballero

Lastly, Ramon Caballero Villegas who’s working towards his degree in BSCS, created a martial art training program in his senior year at Neumont. This will allow a master to record their technique and a student can then go home, review, and practice. For his project, he used C# as the main scripting language, Unity as the game engine, and a Microsoft Kinect to capture body movement and positioning data.

After learning what our Neumont students are capable of, we recommend checking out our site to see if this is the right college for you. If you’ve already been accepted and want a taste of what our school is all about, it’s time for you to sign up for our upcoming freshman experience, FReX. Register for our event here and visit our campus, chat with faculty and current students, and also meet other incoming classmen. We hope to see you here!

Insights from Singapore on "Gaming Disorder" from President Aaron Reed, Ed.D

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Aaron Reed, Ed.D., President, Neumont College of Computer Science

Aaron Reed, Ed.D., President, Neumont College of Computer Science

Congratulations to Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D., who recently returned home from Singapore where he presented at the ninth annual International Computer Science Education: Innovation and Technology (CSEIT) Conference. 

Learn more about his presentation, and the paper “Gaming Disorder: A Possible Piece of the Computer Science Retention Puzzle – Investigating the Rate of Excessive Gaming Among Computer Science Students,” penned by Reed and Neumont Senior Academic and Student Life Coordinator John “JP” Peppinger, M.R.C. online by clicking here.

John “JP” Peppinger, Senior Academic and Student Life Coordinator, Neumont College of Computer Science

John “JP” Peppinger, Senior Academic and Student Life Coordinator, Neumont College of Computer Science

Peppinger has also been working on a new program for students called Game Changers. The program is structured similar to an online class, and is scheduled to launch just before the holidays. In addition to learning about how gaming companies use reinforcement methods against consumers to promote more time spent on gaming related materials, students will keep a journal that includes how much time they’re spending on gaming and on gaming-related material.

Neumont Featured on KUTV's "Fresh Living"

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Check out the clip from "Fresh Living" with President Aaron Reed, Ed.D., Director of Corporate Relations Britta Nelson, and recent graduate Sophie Wargo. They share their insights about the value of a computer science degree in today's economy.

2018 Fall Quarter Course Schedule For First-year Students

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A project-based curriculum at Neumont College of Computer Science, means you'll receive a well-rounded education wtih an edge. You'll learn relevant technologies along with the skills you need to succeed in the workplace throughout your time here. 

From your first class to your last, courses are designed with input from employees at tech companies large and small. That's why you'll take math and social sciences along with computer science and technology courses. Through our hands-on approach, you'll learn far more than programming: You'll learn how to work in a team, how to communicate effectively, and how to present yourself and your projects as a professional.

You can see that combination of theory, skills, and experience in the brief list of courses you're likely to take in your first quarter listed below.

Classes may be taught in a traditional, blended, or online format. This is not a complete course schedule and your personal schedule may differ depending on certain criteria. For more details, check out the 2018-2019 Course Catalog.

  • NEU100: College Success Strategies
    Learn effective time management, communication, and research skills to help you succeed.

  • CSC105: Using Modern Operating Systems
    Learn the most productive ways to use modern operating systems like Windows and Linux.

  • CSC110: Introduction to Computer Science
    While building applications, learn fundamental computer science concepts.

  • MAT110: Sets, Probability, & Number Systems
    An introductory course to set theory, practical applications in probability, binary, floating point representation, and more.

  • SSC250: Human Relations & Personality Development
    Examine yourself, evaluate future expectations, and learn practical skills to develop a strategy for success.

We mean when we say the best way to learn to code is to code. You'll pick up your new Lenovo P1 laptop and course schedule at Orientation Kickoff on Saturday, September 22. From day one, you'll start learning to code by coding. We can't wait to show you how. 

Log in to the Accepted Student Portal to see which tasks still need your attention. If you have any questions about the enrollment process, call 888-638-6668 or email admissions@neumont.edu

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

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. 

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.