Each spring semester, Santa Rosa Junior College web certificate students build websites for local nonprofits at no expense. In Spring 2018, students built websites for the Petaluma Museum, SOS Counseling and SNAP Cats, a local nonprofit that seeks to house and find homes for cats with special needs.

These websites have a market value of $15,000 to $30,000 each. Students who want to enter the workforce build a solid portfolio and client list and gain valuable real-life experience while yielding thousands of dollars worth of value to the community’s nonprofit sector.

The Web and Digital Media Programs at SRJC open a public submission process before the spring term begins. Nonprofit organizations apply for the opportunity to get free student projects built.

The selection process for nonprofits that will receive this free service is based on available students and the alignment of nonprofit client needs with available student team skills.

“Teams develop a project proposal and meet regularly with the clients,” said computer studies faculty member Ethan Wilde.

“The nonprofit organizations provide direction and copy writing for site content,” Wilde added.

“Working with our website development team at SRJC was a wonderful experience,” said Darryl Roberts, founder and executive director of SNAP Cats.

“They were professional, courteous and extremely innovative in creating the website we envisioned. If they were a local website development company, we’d hire them in a second.”

Web and Digital Media Projects, the class that builds these websites, will be offered face-to-face on Santa Rosa campus in Maggini Hall Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. in the spring 2019 semester. Students take this class to earn their Web or Digital Media certificates.