Clubs at SLCC are the usual gamut of different activities, common interests and majors. From the Russian Culture Club to DECA, students can find a club for pretty much anything they want; but one of the more innovative clubs on campus is the Computer Synergy Club.
“The Computer Synergy Club is designed to help those that want to further their education with real, hands-on training,” John Hansen, President of the club said. “More training means more opportunities because the next time someone looks at your resume they will see that you have worked 6 months in the field of your career choice through the Computer Synergy Club.”
Members of the club participate in projects from a wide variety of companies and organizations, as well as for the club itself. The members then act as private contractors, lending their services to accomplish the projects. Some projects even pay, which is then divided among whichever members helped according to their level of work. The real reward, though, is the incredible real life experience gained from the club that employers are looking for.
“If you have greed, stay out,” Hansen said. “If you want to help provide for your family or yourself, fine. But if you have the idea of coming into any sort of institution and putting yourself above others, stay away. We want good people in here. Anyone who comes into the club, the hope is that they will come, give us a vision of where they want to be – we take that vision, and we try to create a project from it, or add them to an existing project that hopefully will give them some money in their pockets.”
The club has only been in existence since last semester, but it’s already making its mark on campus. Last October, the club sponsored a Zombie Tag game on campus, where students got to reenact a zombie apocalypse. Though the club took a loss from the activity, the interest has encouraged them to do it again this Halloween.
“It caught on well enough and quickly enough that, if we had given it a little more advertising in a few more areas, it would’ve been better. We plan on doing it again this October and planning on putting in glow-in-the-dark wristbands, as well as a few other tweaks to it.”
The club will be hosting a speed-dating event coming in February, along with its other projects. Although the club is not directly about school activities, they do have a benefit to the clubs overall goal. Students who are seeking careers in helping non-profit organizations find great opportunities in planning the club’s really fun activities.
“If anyone is willing to work hard and work well, bring it on. We’d love to have them,” Hansen said. “[The Computer Synergy Club] is for anyone who has any interest in technology. The possibilities are endless. The thought is – a shovel is technology. It’s just a lot more basic. I don’t care how basic the technology is, as long as we are able to make a good product or improve our skills to where we can make a good product. We are about all things related to technology.”