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Spring 2015 SNHU Student WordPress Websites

Girls at Work Website Presentation at SNHU

The 2015 Spring semester for my Advanced Web Design class at SNHU has come to a close. For the final exam, the students presented their website project to the client, Girls at Work, Inc. The students went through a four phase process; Research, Creative, Development and Debug. Every class doesn’t always make it to the Responsive Debugging phase. I was very impressed and proud of how many students took their web projects to the next level this semester. There were some full width layouts, and many that had a focus on usability and functionality.

As Graphic Design Majors, they all struggle with code at the beginning. They look at code as something far fetched and alien. They go through frustrations and some even throw the towel half way. Those that stick around experience an ah-HA! moment. You start seeing the progress. While time goes by, you witness the birth of a new behavior, which was definitely present this semester. The behavior is one of accomplishment and pride of writing code and understanding it. Of course there is so much more to learn about web development and design, but to see the mind barrier in a student collapse was, simply put… awesome. The conversations that started with “I can’t” at the beginning of the semester turned into “I can.”

The highlight of the semester was when a few students told me they applied for a job that required designing, building and/or managing a website built on WordPress. The joy of watching them wrap up the semester with the confidence to take on that job was more than I could ever ask for.


Here are the top four websites designed and built on a custom WordPress child theme by the Advance Web Design class of Spring 2015. The top four were chosen by their client Girls at Work, Inc.

Bank Phromratanapongse

Bank GAW Final Website
Alex Talbot

Alex Final GAW Website
Joe Huskey

Joe GAW Final Website
Team PVRIS – Cody Favata & Matt Ryan

Team PVRIS - Cody Favata & Matt  Ryan

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Manchester Chamber Member Led Workshop

Manchester Chamber Workshop

Last month, we had the opportunity to present to a group of Manchester Chamber members at a Member-Led Workshop. The event was sponsored by Optima Bank and 900 Degrees, who provided some delicious pizza. We had a room full of small business owners and marketing professionals who were eager to learn about HubSpot and Inbound Marketing.


The Member-Led Workshop is held at the manchester chamber once a month, and is one of the many opportunities chamber members have to connect with one another and to learn about some of the services their fellow members offer. We chose to talk about Inbound Marketing and take the room through the Inbound Methodology.

manchester chamber



We talked about how we use inbound to turn strangers into visitors, visitors into leads, leads into customers, and customers into promotors of our product of service. Throughout the journey we gave some examples of how the HubSpot software makes this process organized and extremely powerful. If you’re interested in hearing about our future events, subscribe to our mailing list and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.


GMCC Stacey and Fred


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Palm Trees in New Hampshire

Palm Trees in New Hampshire

Our cure for the winter blues? Palm trees.

When we made the move to New Hampshire from Southern California in 2010, the winters were pretty tough on me. In an effort to keep my sanity without jumping on a plane back out west, I filled up our then 350 square foot office with about five or six 6′ tall majestic palm trees. Happily, my plan worked and I went to work every morning in sub-freezing weather with a smile on my face. I heard they could grow as high as 12′ tall, but after years of trial and lots of error taking care of them, I had to let them go.
When we moved into the Waumbec Mill in 2012 I was itching to take advantage of our new 14′ ceilings. I knew from past experience that growing a palm tree indoors in New England was just not plausible, so we decided to do the next best thing.
In an effort to bring back the California sunshine, we put together some artwork that included SoCal palm trees and a flock of California wild parrots. We paid special attention to the palms, as we wanted them to match the trees we used to see on the boardwalk in Venice. The result created such a warmth, I swear we can now feel the coastal breeze when we walk in the door every morning.
Now, our palm trees are very low maintenance and vary from four and an half to twelve feet. Our cali wild parrots are always on a mission and as for the coastal breeze, well, ceiling fans will have to do for now.
So if you’re feeling a bit gloomy and the weather is getting to you, stop by and spend some time with us. You never know, maybe some palms, parrots and a slight breeze might to do the trick.

How Girls at Work Inc. is Helping SNHU Students

SNHU Advanced Web Design

Girls at Work Spring 2015 SemesterSince Fall of 2013, I have been teaching Advanced Web Design at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, NH. The course program is designed for students to have a real world experience by working with an actual client.


I’m always on the look out for companies or organizations that are willing to participate by letting the students build them a website. We ask a representative from the business or organization to attend a class so that the students can learn about their organization and its goals, and to ask them questions they may have. At the end of the semester, the representative comes back and the students present their websites to them, and the “client” then has the option to choose a website for their organization.


Our goal is to help this new generation of digital designers get their hands dirty with code, and so they can see the bigger picture when it comes to website design and development. Students will look for an internship to gain some real world experience. Why not bring the internship to them?


Girls at Work Elaine and RobGirls at Work Inc, empowers at-risk girls in New Hampshire and throughout New England by teaching them woodworking skills and how to safely build using power tools. Elaine Hamel, director and founder of Girls at Work, and Rob Grimmett, Board Chair, volunteered to give the SNHU students the opportunity to build them a new site.
Through this experience, the students are also able to get a first hand look into how a non-profit organization works, and all the great work they are doing for our community. The semester ends in May, and I can’t wait to see what my students come up with.


SNHU also has a Social Media class that does a similar project. The students get to choose from a group of non-profit organizations and create a social media plan for them. Through interviewing the organization and their own research done throughout the semester, they deliver a complete social media plan that the organization can then execute.


As it turns out, a student in my Advanced Web Design class is also in this Social Media class, so her group chose Girls at Work as their non-profit. Now this particular student has the opportunity to create an even more complete digital strategy for Girls at Work.


Stay tuned to see what the students come up with, and check out all the great work Girls at Work does for girls in the area.

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