Interns Helpful at First UMC College Station
Investing in the Young has been a win/win partnership for First UMC College Station as Texas A&M students have served the church as technology consultants for classroom credit this semester.
FUMC, College Station was selected by Texas A&M University as a teaching lab for students majoring in Information Technology. Four students were assigned to work with the church this semester to provide support and consulting in regard to the IT needs of the church. According to Rev. Linda Davis, these students have assisted in upgrading computers and installing services as it relates to the IT needs of the church in the areas of worship and administration as well as modifying secretarial workstations, the website, and audio announcements. Professor Trez Jones explains that, “Their course is taught in conjunction with a University Service Learning Fellowship I received for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Students get the opportunity to learn in a real world environment while providing a service back to the community.”
She knows it was a great experience for staff and students alike. “We welcome the opportunity to continue to build community with the students of TAMU. It definitely was a “win-win” project. We appreciate the students for selecting FUMC, College Station as their service learning project. “
Crystal Carter, church website manager says, “The students contributed their time, talent, and resources to help with improvements to the church website. Their energy was infectious and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope they continue to succeed in their future endeavors.”
Student Joshua Fang admits, “Learning how to troubleshoot older computers was frustrating at times, but I'm glad I got hands-on experience in such a positive environment. I saw firsthand how important clear communication is, and I hope the church continues to grow as a result of our help.”