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STLCC-Meramec Students Help Simplify Data Collection Process for Webster-Rock Hill Ministries

January 10, 2008

Meramec students develop database for local social service organization.

Students from St. Louis Community College-Meramec have designed and developed a database for Webster-Rock Hill Ministries to simply their recordkeeping. Pictured, from left, are Jesse Baker, Meramec student; Donna Halsband, service learning coordinator at Meramec; Mike Bohannon, WRHM’s outgoing executive director; Ed Johnson, WRHM new executive director; and students Renu Chandra, Susnigdha Sarkar, Donald Brennan and Angell He.

The task of recordkeeping will become significantly less tedious for a local social service organization, thanks to students in an information systems class at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

 

Through the campus academic service-learning/civic engagement program, nine students in an Oracle/PL/SQL course last fall designed and developed a database for Webster-Rock Hill Ministries (WRHM), whose mission is to provide emergency assistance to those in deed, work to create new life options for people and promote understanding between people.

 

The students were Jesse Baker, Donald Brennan, Angell He, Renu Chandra, Susnigdha Sarkar, Sheela Chittinappilly, Tawana Brown, Eddie Gilliam and Kristin Koesterer.

 

In 2006, WRHM served nearly 6,000 people in the Webster and Rock Hill areas through a variety of programs such as emergency food and utility assistance, GED and tutoring, clothing and personal care collections, a youth summer program and Christmas Adopt-a-Family.

 

According to June Mercer, associate professor in information and office systems at STLCC-Meramec who teaches the course, the database created by the students provides input forms for more efficient data collection and a variety of reports that will allow staff to quickly access information.

 

"In the past, all recordkeeping was handled by staff manually," Mercer said. "The tasks of keeping track of their clients, services, donors and donations, and then producing monthly activity reports are very labor intensive.  The database created by the students significantly simplifies the process."

 

Edward Johnson, WRHM executive director, said: "The new database will help us not only retrieve, manage and store client information, but also make better use of the information. This will be a process of integrating new technology into an old established system.  We are delighted with what the students have done so far, and we look forward to working with them on future phases of the project."