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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 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." 


2018 Project Showcase: Learning By Doing

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Each year, students at Neumont College of Computer Science gather at the end of the winter quarter to demonstrate the projects they've developed in the last 10 weeks in a friendly competition. In 2018, students competed in gaming, non-gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise Project categories. 

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During Project Showcase, current students, alums, staff, faculty, and visitors, play games, test tools, try new websites, and see demonstrations of student-made software development projects at work. Each project was completed in the 10 weeks of the current quarter either as part of regular course work or as students worked on their own. Students may compete individually or in small teams, depending on the scope of the project. 

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Highlights from this years Project Showcase included a stellar showing in the non-gaming category. 

  • The overall audience favorite went to a first-year student team for their tool "The DnD Cartographer." This remarkable product allows players to better track their maps and character sheets for "Dungeons & Dragons."
  • The winner of the non-gaming category was a small team for their tool "Foodie's Formula."
  • The runner up created "Spine Express." This tool allows developers to more quickly and easily work with the JS library. 
"The DnD Cartographer" team accepts their pies and awards after winning the overall audience favorite for their tool. 

"The DnD Cartographer" team accepts their pies and awards after winning the overall audience favorite for their tool. 

Other remarkable projects included an augmented reality mobile app for astronomy, a tool for converting black and white film to color using artificial intelligence, and a tool to connect writers and publishers.

Maciej Smusz accepts his award after winning the faculty favorite for his tool, "Colorize," that uses artificial intelligence to convert black and white film to color. 

Maciej Smusz accepts his award after winning the faculty favorite for his tool, "Colorize," that uses artificial intelligence to convert black and white film to color. 

Students with the most impressive projects are invited to demonstrate their work just a few weeks later at FReX on April 6, 2018 so future students and their families can see project-based learning in action before tackling their own engineering project. Project Showcase Prime is just one of several awesome activities that take place during our Accepted Student Weekend. If you're thinking about attending Neumont this fall, register right away at for this incredible event. 

Ready to find out if project-based learning is right for you? Complete your Application for Admission now at

Theory, skills, and experience

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

The Neumont Difference

Most college try to be everything to everyone. At Neumont, we focus on one thing and on thing only: technology. We teach faster, more intensely, and more in touch with the realities of the tech industry than any other institution. Our compressed, project-base curriculum means students graduate with the experience and the degree they need to launch their tech careers. 


Pure computer science

Tech is our singular focus. We offer five bachelor's degrees in computer science, information systems, software and game development, technology management, and web design and development. Each of these degrees better prepare our students for the realities of the tech industry by combining theory with hands-on projects. 


Real projects, clients, and experience

When we say our curriculum is real-world, we mean it. Our curriculum is developed with input from our industry partners to ensure students are working on meaningful software development projects from day one to better help them hone their creative, analytical, and collaborative skills. Enterprise Projects are what truly set Neumont students apart. For up to three, 10-week quarters, students work in a team creating a tech solution for a company. Companies like Workfront, Pluralsight, and Thing Big have partnered with Neumont over the years to develop software, quality assurance, and information systems projects that help their company accomplish more. Students also complete small, team-based projects and Capstone Projects on their own to show they're ready to tackle the challenges of the tech industry. 

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Bachelor's degree in 3 years

Our students graduate in only three years by attending classes year-round. Our compressed curriculum means students work in sprints (just like devs in the tech industry) to master skills quickly and sequentially so they graduate with knowledge, experience, and confidence. Instructors focus on teaching students how to learn on their own so they can continue to master skills and technologies in the quickly evolving industry. Students get in, get out, and get coding. No wasted time. 


Computer science optimized

Our focus on computer science is in high demand. There are 8 times more computing jobs available than there are CS graduates to fill them. That helps CS graduates earn an average starting salary of $65,000 a year and estimated lifetime earnings of $1.5 million. Employers that have hired our graduates include Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Blizzard Entertainment, and Amazon, just to name a few. 

If you'd like to see project-based learning in action, drop by Project Showcase on Friday, March 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 143 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students will demonstrate their project work as they compete for prizes. 

If you're ready to start learning to code by coding, complete your Application for Admission before the Late Admission Deadline on Monday, March 29 to receive notification by Tuesday, April 10. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Office of Admissions at 888-638-6668 or

The best way to learn to code is to code

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At Neumont College of Computer Science, we're all about technology. And, we firmly believe the best way to master tech is to get hands-on experience from day one. That's why all students are automatically enrolled in Intro to Computer Science, a Java-based programming course in their first quarter. 

(If you haven't tried out programming before, check out this free Java course from Codecademy to get a sense of what software development is like.)

Intro to CS is just the beginning of your tech education at Neumont.  From there, you'll dive into other languages, tools, and frameworks with increasing emphasis on the tools needed for your chosen major: computer science, software & game development, web design & development, information systems, and technology management. 

But it isn't all programming courses. We offer general education and electives too, so you can go hiking, wireframe an app, and write an essay on Tolkien all in the same day. Although theory is important, our curriculum is developed in partnership with leaders of the tech industry and emphasizes project-based courses where students learn how to apply what they've learned in a real world setting while developing communication, collaboration, and creativity to solve problems. When you graduate from Neumont, you'll have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to launch your tech career. 


One of the best examples of our project-based curriculum is Project Showcase. At this STEM fair, students demonstrate their projects to future students, alums, industry partners, faculty, and staff. 

You're invited to  join us on Friday,  March 9, any time from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to see what students have developed. All visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite projects in gaming, non-gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise project categories. The awards ceremony will be at 3:45 p.m. Neumont's campus is at 143 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. Visitors are encouraged to take TRAX (City Center) or to park at City Creek Center.


If you'd like to drop by during Project Showcase, please let us know you're visiting by calling 888-638-6668 or email All visitors are asked to check in at the front desk.  

Can't wait to start learning software development? Complete your Application for Admission at before the deadline on Monday, March 26 and receive your admission and scholarship decision by Tuesday, April 10. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Office of Admissions at 888-638-6668 or email

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.


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.”


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 For more information about Neumont, visit

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

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.

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Neumont University Contributes to Utah’s Silicon Slopes with Project Showcase

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Neumont University features more than 50 computer science projects at this spring’s Project Showcase. The event is this Friday, March 11, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 143 S. Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. 

“We describe it as the ultimate science fair,” said Aaron Reed, Chief Operation and Academic Officer. “Our event highlights our students’ technology creations and provides a real-time look at the ingenuity coming out of our university.” 

Projects run the gamut with entries in engineering, game development, web development and more.  Past event submissions included video games, various web development projects, database and genealogy sharing, a location-based reminder app and even a mind-controlled racecar. Students compete in different categories both as teams and individuals in the hope of being declared, “Overall Best Project.” 

“It’s an opportunity for students to showcase what they’ve been working on and for our neighbors to get a better idea of what Neumont is all about,” Reed continues, noting that the public is welcome and invited to attend. “The event is a natural extension for the type of education students have come to, and should, expect from Neumont.” 

Neumont students complete a sequence of projects, which begin in their freshman year and conclude with supervised projects for real employers. These hands-on projects are called, “Enterprise Projects.” Since Neumont’s founding, students have completed over 300 Enterprise Projects with more than 80 different companies like IBM, Bosch, and eBay. Recently Neumont has partnered with local companies like Workfront, Towers Watson, React Games and Pluralsight.

Alumni Spotlight: Jonathon "Tree" Michael, Software Engineer at REI Systems

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Jonathon earned the nickname “Tree” because of his height, but he has made a name for himself for different reasons at REI Systems. His current duties include supporting two teams throughout the year with new development and maintenance of an enterprise solution.

“That's just a fancy way of saying I maintain a website for a company that happens to be the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),” he says. "Maintaining the site consists of fixing new and old bugs while introducing new functionalities in tandem, so communication with all parties involved is important.”

Like many students, Tree chose a computer science education from Neumont University for the accelerated program.

“Going to school year-round highlighted the work ethic needed in order to survive in the industry,” he says. “There are no summer breaks and short timelines.” 

We got a chance to hear a bit more from Jonathan about his experience at Neumont and in the field.

NU: What is your best Neumont memory?

JTM: It is hard to pick out one specific memory, but a few things that come to mind are the memories of struggle and overcoming the mental rigors of the course. I remember the staff that helped us through the rough moments when second thoughts lie in the back of our heads. And friendships that will last my lifetime.

NU: How did Neumont prepare you for your current role?

JTM: The career path of the computer science major is vastly broad and requires a passion to learn in order to stay current. Neumont helps by teaching students to disseminate information through critical thinking and curiosity. Neumont fosters an environment that is conducive for learning making absorbing all the knowledge easier.

The hands-on approach is beneficial since the majority of our jobs include coding. I have a friend who is attending a well-known university who is also pursuing computer science, but has hardly written any programs. Writing code is half of our jobs; therefore we must do it well.

Also Enterprise Projects – having insight into what positions are available is helpful for choosing where in the industry you want to work.

NU: Now that you’re in the industry, what do you think the industry is lacking?

JTM: There are several things that are missing from the computer science industry.

1. Best practices and adhering to standards. Neumont does a fantastic job in this area. When working in a group and dealing with other people's code, using best practices and standards is critical for the projects success.

2. A drive to add value to the project. Taking responsibility for the product and ensuring that everything is complete and then a little more.

3. More women. You might laugh at this one, but women approach solving problems differently. It is unfortunate that our field is dominated by men, but the more we advocate for diversity, the more diverse we will become.

NU: Any words of wisdom for current and prospective students?

JTM: Be diligent with the little things. I personally believe anyone can learn how to code and become a computer scientist. However, doing so requires a drive to push your knowledge to the limit and farther.

I recommend Neumont to prospective students looking for careers in computer science. I believe Neumont provides a good structure for teaching students how to think critically and solve problems: the root of all programming.

NU: What’s a tech trend you’re interested in and why?

JTM: 3D Printing is just amazing. We are really close to being able to print working organs.

Another tech that is interesting is self-driving cars. The idea that a driver is no longer required for a vehicle is going to be life changing for everyone.

NU: Since according to Stan Lee, Salt Lake boasts the best Comic Con in the world, if you had one super power what would you want it to be?

JTM: This is a tough one. I'd want the power to fly. I would be able to travel the world on a whim and never sit in traffic.

[This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.]