Campus: CSU, Northridge -- October 27, 2000


Middle School, CSUN Unveil New Web Site to Educate the Community about Upcoming Election

Sixth and seventh graders at a San Fernando middle school, with the help of some Cal State Northridge computer science students, have designed a Web site to educate the community about the upcoming election.

The Web site, www.aboutccms.org, was unveiled Oct. 25 at Community Charter Middle School. The site is the result of a collaboration between Cal State Northridge computer science students and middle school students and is part of the "UPLIFT" (University Partnership for Learning the Internet with our Families Together) program.

The CCMS students conducted neighborhood surveys about local concerns and election issues, and polled local politicians. The results of what they learned are posted on the Web site in a special "Election 2000" section.

Funding for the project comes from a $80,000 grant CSUN's Center for Community-Service Learning and CCMS received from a WorldCom, Campus Compact, Brown University partnership, called "Making a Civic Investment," to support an educational technology program from youth in under-served communities. Funds for the computer technology were provided by a federally funded charter school implementation grant.

CSUN students "work side-by-side with classroom teachers every day to help the middle schoolers locate and take advantage of a new world of learning," said Maureen Rubin, director of the Center for Community-Service Learning.

At nights and on weekends, the classroom computers are converted into a community computer lab, where CSUN service-learning students in a computer science class teach basic skills to parents and neighbors.

The mission of the university's Center for Community-Service Learning is to inspire, encourage and support students and faculty in their pursuit of academic excellence through involvement in community service.

California State University, Northridge has more than 27,000 full- and part-time students and offers 48 bachelor's and 39 master's degrees. Founded in 1958, it is the only four-year university in the San Fernando Valley.


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