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SMCC Student Club to Develop a Mobile App

South Mountain Community College (CC) “Digital Connect” club has been awarded a learning grant to develop a mobile app and student digital newspaper for the college. Phi Theta Kappa students have already published the inaugural edition of “Cougar Today”, the student newspaper, as a PDF that will morph into the digital newspaper.

Business and Information Technology division faculty Stephen Hustedde, Niall McCarthy, and Maria Bailey-Benson along with Language Arts division faculty member Camille Newton, submitted submitted the application for the 2015-2016 Learning Grant project and were awarded $11,880 for the proposed project.

“South Mountain CC has made strides in building a programming/mobile apps development program and a business entrepreneurship program”, said Stephen Hustedde. “We have programming and design students who need and want more real-world experience. An obvious solution is to develop a mobile app and a digital newspaper deployable to mobile devices in-house, placing students with faculty oversight to provide additional learning and instruction, while helping students build upon their portfolio to secure gainful employment.”

The club project will focus on four interwoven teams – a mobile-app design/development team (programming students), a digital publication design team (web and graphic design students), a content team to write for the newspaper as well as the app (journalism/English students), and a business/entrepreneurship team that provide project management, marketing, and surveying of student needs/desires in the design process (business/entrepreneurship students).

The Digital Connect project will kick-off July 1, 2015 and will begin recruiting students August 20, 2015. For more information contact Stephen Hustedde at

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