Students partner with local businesses for service-learning

A collaboration between Fort Hays State University's Accounting and Information Systems Department and several local businesses allowed students a chance to learn while working on real-world projects in two classes taught by Dr. Elayne Shields, assistant professor.

" Electronic Commerce" and "Problems Course: Dreamweaver" were used as service learning projects allowing students to gain skills and knowledge in areas ranging from problem solving and time and task management to adaptability to change and interview techniques.

The Hays Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hadley Center worked with the "Electronic Commerce" class, where students sought potential electronic commerce activities and their benefits and costs, and produced a recommendation as to whether or not the activities were feasible for the company using electronic commerce.

The Corner Garden Cafe and Catering, and The Yost Cafe worked with the Dreamweaver class, where students worked with the company to design the company Web site.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13, in McCartney Hall, room 109, the "Electronic Commerce" students will present their findings to the businesses and the participating companies will receive a certificate of appreciation from Dr. Steve Williams, dean of the College of Business and Leadership, Dr. Jim Rucker, chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, and Shields.

At 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, in McCartney Hall, room 109, the Dreamweaver students will present their Web sites and the participating companies will receive a certificate of appreciation.
For more information contact Shields at (785) 628-5872 or by e-mail at

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