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IT Students Launch Their Career on the World Wide Web
Two IT students from Cornwall College St Austell have recently begun to launch their careers on the Internet after they designed their own website and subsequently acquired a number of clients requesting their services.
Reece Elliott from Liskeard and Michael Brooks from Looe, who are both studying IT Practitioners BTEC National Diploma at St Austell, developed their own websites after being tasked with an assignment on web design as part of their course. As a result of their expert work the two students have secured work for a couple of local businesses.
Graham McGrath, IT Lecturer at Cornwall College St Austell, said: “Reece and Michael’s web design work was exemplary and very professional. Considering they have only just started their first steps on the ladder to web design success, they have both taken all the necessary precautions to ensure they have learnt all the essential basics.
“Both of them even considered how their sites can be seen by people with sight problems, such as colour blindness. This is something that even experienced web designers can miss at times.”
After finishing his site www.checkeredmichael.com, Michael, 18, has designed a website for a local Cornish band and Inked, a business in Looe that specialises in t-shirt, hoodies and custom design printing.
Eighteen year-old Reece, whose site can be found at www.reeceelliottdesigns.co.uk, has since completed some initial web design ideas for a small local business.
Both students are now promoting their sites to search engines and have been asked to produce a website for a new charitable based venture, which is coming soon.
“I have really enjoyed the practical sessions on this course as they are very hands-on,” said Reece. “Studying this course has made me feel more confident about my future and career and shown me that there is so much more than the basics of computing.”
“I am very pleased to see that the students have taken their knowledge and expertise learnt at college onboard and started their own freelance work,” said Dave Linnell OBE, Principal of Cornwall College. “This is the advantage of studying vocational based courses, learners gain hands-on and practical skills necessary for the workplace.”
For further information about studying an IT based qualification at Cornwall College St Austell, please call 0845 22 32 567.