Swinburne students provide tech talent to nonprofits


‘Learning by doing’ is part of Swinburne University of Technology’s guarantee of providing our learners with industry experience. This commitment to merge the world of study and work extends to our vocational education and training (VET) students.

This year, Swinburne Diploma in Information Technology (Front End Web Development) and Diploma in Information Technology (Advanced Programming) students are collaborating to create websites for two non-profit organizations.

The Boroondara Stroke Support Group needs a completely redesigned and completed website. The new website will feature a calendar that can be dynamically updated by its members with weekly events. This is currently a time-consuming and inefficient task that Swinburne’s programming students will streamline.

The second project is a website for EdAble, which supports micro-enterprises for people with disabilities and advocates for the employment of this group in medium and large companies. Students will set up a complex system that allows people to donate money for specific items needed by micro-enterprises.

Graham Bridge, ICT course coordinator at Swinburne, says students are being trained for the tech jobs of tomorrow today.

“Workplaces are looking for innovative solutions to the problems they face, as well as the talent required for a technology-defined future,” says Bridge.

“These projects allow our students to showcase their training in the industry by creating modern, updatable and dynamic websites for the benefit of community organizations.”

Olga Lavouasier, ICT Manager (VET) at Swinburne is working with the students and their teachers to have the finished websites delivered to the respective clients at the end of November.

“All of our ICT courses incorporate industry immersion and live projects where possible,” says Lavouasier.

“Each course has multiple industry partners attached to it to deliver workshops, presentations and act as a community of practice that our students can access as mentors.”

Previously, students of the Diploma in Digital Media Technology redesigned a website for Kara Family Violence Service (formerly Kara House) for potential donors, volunteers and people in potentially abusive relationships.

Ruby Lampard, development worker at the Kara Family Violence Service, says the involvement of Swinburne ICT students was vital.

“It was wonderful working with the students at Swinburne to totally redevelop our very outdated website,” says Lampard.

“From the initial briefing, students were engaged and engaged in understanding how a new website could make a difference in the lives of women and children facing domestic violence.

“They developed innovative solutions that met the specifications, great design, coded the site from scratch and were incredibly professional throughout. Design, functionality and ease of use were top notch. beyond our expectations.

“The project gave us the opportunity to collaborate with a team of students whose skills enabled the development of a website that played a central role in communicating with customers, community sponsors and colleagues at the industry and, most importantly, helping our customers move towards a safer future.


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