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Project-Based Learning Through Business & Education Partnerships

Hesperia Unified School District

With jobs in Web Development projected to grow faster than average during the next 8 years, Gabriela Martinez, ROP Web Design teacher at Hesperia High School, wants to provide students as much opportunity for real world application of their website design skills as possible. By partnering with local businesses and community organizations, she is able to do just that. Her students recently completed a project for Dineh Vet Corp (DVC) of Hesperia, in which 38 students competed against each other to create a business website for DVC.

It all began in September when Doug Dimmitt, Vice President of DVC, pitched his idea for having students design their company website to Mrs. Martinez. Mr. Dimmitt was confident entrusting this important project to ROP students because he is familiar with the quality training that ROP students receive. He has two adult children, one an automotive technician and one a registered dental assistant, who began their career training with ROP and are still employed in those fields today. Of course Mrs. Martinez jumped right on board by introducing students to Dimmitt; their new client. He met with the students to provide a profile and design vision for the project, which included the Native American history connected to the business. He left them with company literature and blueprints from previous projects they might use as inspiration.

Mrs. Martinez had students begin by reviewing the websites of similar businesses noting elements they thought would make a great website. Their sites were built using Wix, a free website builder, so that it could easily be maintained by the client in the future. Students had to research the Wix size requirements for banner, sidebar and background. Finally, with research notes and sketches in hand, they logged on and built their sites. Entries were judged for creativity, functionality, digital images, content and theme, and 5 finalists were selected. The five finalists, Jose Cerano, Gabriel Rodriguez, Charles Hunter Rommel, Nathen Ream and Raymond Olivas then put the final touches on their projects and they were judged again.

The final website, designed by winner Charles Hunter Rommel, will be available online at www.dinehvetcorp.com in December.