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South Hills Community News Release

ALTOONA — Students from the South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Information Technology (IT) program were recently given an opportunity to work with a Bellwood business, Winesickles’ Music, LLC to develop an e-commerce site.

Learning to effectively manage a technology project is an essential skill for students who are studying to enter the IT field. Altoona Campus students Richard Grissinger and Cody Virgillo worked with John Winesickle, founder and owner of Winesickles’ Music, to develop a website to demonstrate and promote the Video Hymnal. The Video Hymnal is a solution for churches in need of music for their services that do not have pianists or organists available to them. The company provides recorded piano music and videos with the lyrics to more than 140 songs including a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary songs.


Instructor Guido Santella, said, “We encourage our students to learn through hands-on, real-world projects. Richard and Cody took on this website design project and they also set up the company’s social media presence on Facebook. They produced and edited video content for the site, created training screencasts, trained the client to use the technology, and worked up some basic search engine optimization strategies.”

Resources used:

Students learned:

  • How to decide which WordPress hosting is best for a client
  • How to work with multiple internet companies to setup a fully-functioning site
  • Basic search engine optimization (SEO) concepts



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