Jefferson College of Health Sciences announced its newly redesigned college website at http://www.jchs.edu. Below is the news release from the college.
ROANOKE, Va. (Nov. 18, 2013) — Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS), an affiliate of Carilion Clinic, is proud to introduce the newly redesigned college website at http://www.jchs.edu on Monday, November 18, 2013. Our address is the same, but the new site provides a more dynamic platform for showcasing all the College has to offer and an improved, user-friendly navigation to help make locating information much more intuitive.
We know that the audiences interested in learning more about JCHS are increasingly using the Internet to discover us,” said Mark Lambert, JCHS Coordinator for Communications and College Relations. “Whether they are accessing our online profile through their desktop computers, their tablets or their phones, we are committed to providing easy-to-access information in a user-friendly format. And we know that begins with our website.”
The redesign of the JCHS website was a multi-year project that began in 2012 with the formation of a committee composed of faculty, staff and students from across the college community. That group assessed the old JCHS website and made recommendations for updating, removing and adding content that would be most useful to both prospective students and their families, and those students and employees currently at the College.
JCHS then partnered with Zivtech, LLC, an open source design, development and training company based in Philadelphia, PA to begin the build of the new jchs.edu. Carilion Clinic’s Strategic Development Department also consulted on the construction of the new site.
The new www.jchs.edu is built on a content management system that will allow the college to more efficiently and effectively contribute content with a core team of web developers continually updating the site. That core team includes Mark Lambert, Communications and College Relations; Carole Porter, Web Services Librarian; Elizabeth Costa, Coordinator for Student Affairs; Wesley Vorberger, Assistant Director of Financial Aid; and Connie Cook, Director of Enrollment Management.
“The redesigned website is an opportunity to reintroduce Jefferson College of Health Sciences to the southwest Virginia region and beyond in a whole new way,” Lambert says. “Whether a visitor to the site is a high school or community college student seeking to advance their education or someone curious about what we do at JCHS, we want them to come away with all the information they need. And we feel we have created a site that is more interactive, engaging and technologically advanced than anything we’ve had before.”
Some of the new features include:
• User-friendly navigation makes finding the content you are looking for easier.
• Enhanced search, FAQs, articles, press release info and more just a few clicks away.
• Desktop, laptop, mobile and tablet friendly design.
• Responsive layout that changes depending on the device being used.
• More focus on our academic programs and opportunities for students.
• Higher visibility of upcoming events and activities at the College via an online calendar.
• Look and feel that is more representative of the College.
• An interactive health sciences library site.
• Event galleries with pictures from activities taking place on campus and in the community.
• A faculty and staff directory searchable by name, department or area.
• Online resources for our alumni, current students, faculty and staff.
• Links to the college’s social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-In.
• And more!
The new JCHS website is available now by visiting http://www.jchs.edu.
JCHS is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.” The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is an affiliate of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, JCHS now provides more than 1,000 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at www.jchs.edu