Data Organizers: Information Technology Students Create Database for Local Nonprofits.

Globe University-Madison West Information Technology students set off to develop databases for two local non-profits. The Database Design class broke off into two teams. One group worked with REACH a Child, a local non-profit which provides books to children during a crisis while the other worked with Dane Academy, an alternative high school that focuses on at risk Dane County High School students.

Students worked closely with clients to learn about their specific needs and identified challenges. Working together, the students developed a cohesive plan then constructed a working database which was presented to their clients during class.


Both clients spoke highly on the final results.

“The database that was created for Dane Academy went beyond what I had asked for. The guys made the database user-friendly with all the information I need to move forward. Thank you all for such a fantastic gift.” Dane Academy School Principal, Judith Reed, Ph.D.

“The Globe team working on the REACH a Child database did a fantastic job. My highest compliment goes to the thoughtful decision making when considering how the application fits our companies’ structure.” said, Richard Gerhards, REACH a Child volunteer.

Students shared how the project was a valuable experience for them.

“This database project was an incredibly valuable experience. I’ve learned more than I ever thought I would all while helping a local nonprofit organization that aids to children. It has truly been a life changing project.” said Information Technology student, Ben Riser.

“REACH a Child has been an excellent choice for me because I can carry this project through my future courses at Globe. It requires me to apply what I’ve learned to a real world business application.” said Thomas Overly, Information Technology student.