May 2, 2002: A program with heart

      Contact: Shelley Kean
      604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER)--A helping hand for those who help others can be found in the classroom of the Applied Information Technology (Infotec) program at Capilano College.  Canada's first multi-media program began in 1990 and for the past seven years, Infotec students have dedicated their talents to completing Web sites for a long list of non profit agencies.

      These include the Salvation Army, the Aga Khan Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation, the Burnaby Hospice Society and MADD Vancouver, to name just a few.

      The newest organizations to benefit from the program's latest batch of big-hearted brains are the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. Under the guidance of TELUS Enterprise Solutions, a subsidiary of TELUS, the development of these two Web sites was taken on by nine current students of the 10-month program.

      TELUS, which has a Web development alliance with UBC, was approached by UBC Thunderbird Council's chair and BC Sports Hall of Fame vice chair, Martin Zlotnik. Zlotnik wanted Web sites for the two halls, so he asked TELUS if it could help.

      "He had also met with a Capilano College representative who had told him about the students in the Infotec program and how they donate their time and skills to non profit organizations. Marty suggested that perhaps we could work with them on developing the sites," says Andrea Camp, an account manager with TELUS."We had heard that the program was reputable and so we decided to go ahead and use a project team from the College.

      "Kudos to Marty Zlotnik," adds Camp. "He's given the students a fantastic opportunity to work in the industry and to work with a high profile client. Their design work is extraordinary and we're proud to be connected with it."

      The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum site at www.bcsportshalloffame.com goes live on May 2 and the UBC site at www.ubcsportshalloffame.com goes live on May 17. The two sites will showcase those people who have made an outstanding contribution to athletics in British Columbia and at the University of British Columbia.

      "The students are a great bunch of people and I really enjoyed working with them," says TELUS Enterprise Solutions project coordinator, Leeanne Louise Barr. Barr, who is also a graduate of the Infotec program, says that the students were producing industry standard work from the very beginning of the project. "They were brilliant, eager, dedicated and hardworking. The public is going to love these Web sites."

      The head designer of the student group, Richard Bridgwater, recently received word that he had won second place honours in the Macromedia Student Web Design Contest Fall 2001. This is a prestigious international competition for student Web designers and his win brought him about $3,800 worth of software.

      "This latest project was pretty intense," says Bridgwater, speaking about the two hall of fame sites. "We started out with an insurmountable task of creating 200 Web pages, but the nine of us pulled together and we did it. It's a great feeling and I'm super happy with what we've accomplished."

      Before signing up for the Infotec program, Bridgwater worked at a remote mountain lodge near Banff, Alberta. Although he thought it was a beautiful place, the 28-year-old wanted to move on and do something more creative.

      "I enjoy doing Web, graphic and visual design," he says, "and eventually I want to run my own business." Judging from the list of employers of past Infotec students, Bridgwater shouldn't have any trouble finding work. Graduates are working as Web designers, Web programmers, information architects, interface designers, project mangers and consultants for such companies as Microsoft, IBM, TELUS, BC Hydro, ICBC, Pivotal Corporation and Polycom.

      Salaries for these positions run between $35,000 and $55,000 per year.

      For more information on the affordable Infotec program at Capilano College, call 604.984.1727, or attend an information meeting at the North Vancouver campus, 2055 Purcell Way, Arbutus building, room 116 at 7 p.m. on May 8, 13, June 3, 13 or 18.

      The program Web site is located at: http://www.capilanou.ca/mtec/infotec/index.html.