CTU Aurora Students Showcase Final Projects
On December 17, Colorado Technical University students at the Aurora campus presented final class projects in the campus’s first ever Projects Showcase. This event gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of enterprise architecture, user interface design, database design, and software requirements design. Students presented to instructors, staff, and local employers, and projects included everything from self-driving vehicles to mobile device applications.
The Projects Showcase also served as a “reverse career fair” as local companies evaluated student projects while looking for new talent for work-study and other employment opportunities. With the goal of helping students develop a powerful, professional network, CTU faculty and Career Services staff helped orchestrate this chance for students to show their talents directly to potential employers.
Two student groups worked with area non-profits to create Enterprise Architecture and help further assist in the success of the organizations’ goals and missions. One team worked with Bessie’s Hope, which enhances the quality of life for nursing home/assisted living elders, brings generations together in mutually rewarding relationships, and provides life-enriching volunteer opportunities. Another team worked with Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, a no-kill cat rescue and shelter that cares for abandoned, abused, and unwanted cats and kittens until permanent homes can be found. Participating non-profits found the information provided to be very beneficial to their efforts, and students were excited to collaborate on real-world applications that put their CTU education to immediate use in the local community.
Summarizing the event, Marissa Banker, Director of Career Services for CTU Aurora, stated, “The Reverse Career Fair was a success with over 40 students taking part in Wednesday night’s event! Our Computer Science and IT students had the opportunity to showcase what they’d learned through a wide variety of media including display boards, iPhone applications, and several innovative electronic and vehicle prototypes. The student and employer feedback has been outstanding with questions of when we will be offering this event again on campus.