By Tayla Courage
Volunteer State Community College sent an email announcement notifying students about its new mobile-friendly website Jan. 30.
Cindy Williams, a web designer for Vol State, described how the “clean and contemporary” appearance allows students and faculty to locate information more efficiently.
“The content has been streamlined and formatted in a way that is easier to skim through and read, both visually and by screen readers and assistive technology,” according to an email from Williams.
Harmoni Eddington and Jacob West, two students in Introduction to Electronic Media, voiced their opinions on the layout of the new website.
“It looks a lot more user-friendly,” said Eddington, a freshman.
“It’s snazzy. It looks sleek. It’s much better than the last website,” said West, a sophomore.
Visitors to the website may also notice a name change in the header of the website. Rather than saying “Volunteer State Community College,” the new header simply says “Vol State Community College.”
Market research has revealed that more students prefer the use of “Vol State” when referring to the campus, according to Jason Bugiada, web and digital media administrator.
“Since our website serves as our primary online marketing piece for Vol State, we made the decision to incorporate the “Vol State Community College” logo in the top header,” wrote Bugiada.
He also made sure to point out the original “Volunteer State Community College” logo is still on the website’s footer.
Tami Wallace, director of public relations and marketing, is confident in the market research and believes the redesign will prove to be beneficial to both current and incoming students.
“Throughout the planning process of redesigning volstate.edu, our vision was to create an impactful, student-centered platform to attract incoming students as well as emulate our warm campus community in online form,” explained Wallace in an email.
Tips for navigating Vol State’s new website can be found on The Vol State Virtual Community page located at volunteerstatecommunitycollege.blogspot.com.