MILWAUKEE _ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students will share information technology projects completed for area nonprofits during a Tuesday showcase at the school.
Students in UWM’s nonprof-IT program provide nonprofit organizations in the Milwaukee area with information technology solutions and support, including website creation and redesign, social media assistance, technology assessment and networking printers and computers.
Since the program started five years ago in UWM’s School of Information Studies, more than 60 nonprofit organizations have received IT assistance, and 200 students have participated. Both parties benefit, with nonprofits receiving help they might not be able to otherwise afford, and students getting real-world experience working with clients.
This fall, 36 students worked with the AIDS Resource Center, The Parenting Network, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Eastside Senior Services, Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful and Fondy Food Center.
They will present their projects Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Fireside Lounge in the UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Christopher Hanks, a board member for Eastside Senior Services, said it and other nonprofits are grateful for the help.
“UWM is to be commended for making this kind of program available to benefit not only its students but the Milwaukee community,” Hanks said.
Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2019 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.