After surveying students and staff, Tyler Junior College found that the overall consensus was the same. The TJC website, www.tjc.edu, was confusing and hard to navigate. As a result, a $70,000 redesign was launched in July with hopes to alleviate this problem.
Work towards the school’s new website began during last year starting with choosing the design company that fit all of TJC’s requirements.
“After many presentations, Barkley REI was chosen based on their design plan for the site,” said Fred Peters Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at TJC
Recruiting, a user friendly feel and a fresh look were the focuses when starting this project.
“The college’s homepage was by far due for an update since the last shown design change was over a decade ago,” said Ryan Soward, a web developer in TJC’s IT department.
The new site design demonstrates many changes, vivid colors, photography, interactive modules and a user friendly atmosphere.
When first accessing the new website, visitors will see noticeable changes. Students, such as Luke, will appear across the top portion of the homepage with an interactive link that persuades the user to select this option and hear Luke’s story.
“Luke represents TJC’s first of three promises, that being the promise of a quality education,” Soward said.
As the page progresses, there will be at least three students to represent each promise. After clicking each student a flash video will be shown of his or her journey through the halls of TJC.
Another useful feature is the quick links for students, faculty and staff at the top right-hand corner of the site. Also new is the ‘What’s Happening’ section at the bottom, which will allow student groups, clubs and organizations, such as band and theatre, to post upcoming events without going through an administrator.
Despite the new look and updated features, there are some adjustments that are still being addressed and will continue to change. Just as the campus grows so will the TJC website.