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Web design and development program brings the future now

August 24, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Web design has been around for a number of years now - since the late 1990s. But just what does it take to build a Web page for yourself - or someone else.

Well, the Web development and design program at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville acquaints students with both the creative and technical aspects of Web design and readies them in this fascinating field.

Program instructor/coordinator Kevin Grems is himself a program graduate. From Iowa Lakes he went on to receive his computer science degree from the University of Iowa. He took the program over a year ago this fall.

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Kevin Grems is instructor/coordinator of the Iowa Lakes Community College Web design and development program.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Grems said all classes are hands-on with a dedicated Web lab just for the program. While the lab is PC-based, students get exposure to the Macintosh platform in a graphic design component to the program.

Students learn page design and layout and how to turn graphics content into HTML documents. Grems said students focus on design principles the first year with programming coming the second year.

Students also learn Web animation programs like Adobe Flash for use in banner ads. Advanced classes expose them to creating online games.

When students graduate, they're able to create fully functional Facebook-like applications, Grems said.

In addition to the dedicated Web lab, students take courses in digital photography, imaging and illustration.

Students have an option of either a diploma in Web development and design or an associate in science degree.

After completing either program, students have the option of starting their own Web design and development company or working for a design and development firm. Grems noted that a lot of students opt to dual enroll in graphic design and Web design.

Students learn such programs as HTML, Flash, PHP hypertext processing, CSS, Java Script and Dreamweaver (three classes).

Students also learn about copyright issues, dealing with clients and E-commerce. Grems said there are more internships available than there are students to fill them.

There's still time to register. Day classes start Wednesday, Aug. 29.

For admissions information, call Iowa Lakes admissions at (712) 362-7945 or (800) 521-5054 or go online to



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