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Engagement @ WRTC

WRTC provides students with the opportunity to apply discipline-specific knowledge beyond the classroom through community partnerships and special projects. 

Classroom to Career: Drone Class Leads Students to Entrepreneurship
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JMU alum Nick Sipes works with Columbian Doctoral student Manuel Saba in Cartagena, Columbia

When JMU alumni, Nick Sipes (Physics, ‘17) and Caoimhe O'Sullivan Roche (WRTC, '17), took a class on building drones, little did the pair know that they would be inspired to launch their own company, Canvex, LLC.

Canvex incorporated in March 2017 and uses drone technology and photogrammetry to create digital 3D models for their clients.

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Local History Comes to Life: New African-American History Exhibit
Lucy Simms Exhibit
Doris Harper Allen, a former student at Simms, speaks to JMU students Deana Forbes, Brett Seekford and Hannah Jones

A collaboration between a team of JMU students and the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project has reanimated history at the local Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center.

“Celebrating Simms” is the first permanent exhibition dedicated to African-American history in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Students in WRTC 318: Intercultural Professional Communication collaborated with JMU's International Study Group students in American College Life II to complete an assignment designed to facilitate cross-cultural communication. In groups of four or five, the students gathered for a social outing. Sharing a meal was the most popular choice. During their time together students set aside some time to conduct and record an interview. They were then required to submit a written report on their experience, including excerpts from the interview.


WRTC Student Starts "Girls Who Code" Club in Harrisonburg
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The logo of the Girls Who Code Organization

If WRTC major Catie Willett has her way, the future will be more welcoming to women in computer science. Catie has established a "Girls Who Code" chapter in Harrisonburg and created opportunities for 9-12 year-olds in an after-school program at the Lucy Simms Center in Harrisonburg. 

Catie is committed to helping the Girls Who Code organization to reverse the trend that has seen women in computing dwindle from one in three in the Eighties to fewer than one in five today.

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JMU Students Help Nonprofit in Ireland Preserve a County's Oral Tradition
Ireland Oral History Filming
JMU students and professors on the set of a mini-documentary on the work of the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group

During a 2015 summer study abroad trip, JMU professors and students used new media to help the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group preserve the rich oral history of County Clare, Ireland. Participants in the short-term study abroad program “Ireland: Text, Image and New Media” worked with the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group to train volunteers to record local stories that have been passed down through the generations.

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