Pictured above: IS Cohort 05 - Frank, Lauren, Alex, Jason and Jose.

Capstone Projects

 

Perhaps the best demonstration of The Wescoe School’s cutting-edge approach to learning is the Accelerated Degree program, where teams of students learn collaboratively, bringing a blend of professional and experiential skills to the classroom.

Final or “capstone” projects are required of all groups for graduation and illustrate each cohort’s newly acquired proficiencies. The capstones address a need or problem in the surrounding community.

The following list represents recent capstone projects and demonstrates how Wescoe School students are giving back to the community in which they live and work.

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

This team developed a small business, marketing plan and identified useful resource tools for the organization.

Habitat of Humanity of the Lehigh Valley

Habitat of Humanity of the Lehigh Valley

This team recommended a list of hardware and software upgrades and created an inventory spreadsheet to better manage projects.

Seven Generations Charter School

Seven Generations Charter School

This team provided marketing and public relations assistance and created a partnering program for the school.

City of Allentown

City of Allentown

This team's project examined and made recommendations to improve the work processes and systems used to support the City of Allentown’s IT asset management team.

Dream Come True

Dream Come True

This team's project involved a series of business practice recommendations to increase donations, referrals, and dreams fulfilled through an increase in brand recognition.

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley

This team took on the challenge of evaluating the existing level of customer service and making recommendations for changes that would create a better customer service experience.

 

ABM Security Officers

A training and development program for security officers was implemented at the C & S Wholesale Grocer's site.


The Program for Women & Families

A  marketing plan was developed for the organization by Health care Management students. The plan addressed shortcomings in both funding and community connections.


Muhlenberg College Trexler Library

Wescoe School

A team of Information Systems students partnered with Muhlenberg Trexler Library to evaluate, select and provide an independent recommendation for a replacement integrated library system/library services platform for the library.


Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council

The goal of this project was the reinvigorating of the visitation program of LVMAC. This involved identifying the current veteran population in Lehigh and Northampton counties within senior care and assisted living center. This information would then be used to target the centers for scheduled volunteer visits in order to improve the quality of life for their veterans.


 

Dallas Little People

A project undertaken for a day care school in the Back Mountain area near Wilkes-Barre. It involved a new marketing plan and the use of social media to ward off new competition.


Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley

Wescoe School

A team of three students developed a program for financial literacy so that victims of domestic violence could feel empowered to leave abusive relationships.


Flint Hill Farm

Wescoe School

Done in collaboration with Executive Service Corps of the Lehigh Valley, a Needs Assessment was prepared for the farm along with a series of recommendations.


The Caring Place

A knowledge management project was undertaken to provide the organization with a system and processes for the sharing and retrieval of information.


E-Z Gone Radon

A new business was provided with a detailed business plan, marketing plan, and two brochures.


Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley

Wescoe School

This project involved the development of a marketing plan along with a first ever brochure, and grant research.   


One Love Foundation

This project involved the development of an ongoing IS strategy as well as the introduction of several new technologies.


Wildlands Conservancy

Wescoe School

This project developed three different electronic surveys that replace paper surveys resulting in improved responsiveness, increased productivity, and error reduction.


 

Bethlehem Employees Children’s Scholarship Fund

In this project, a team of students helped the organization decide that nonprofit status was the best choice for future success and assisted in all the filling requirements for the IRS and state agencies.


Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley

Wescoe School

A team of students capitalized on their passion for knowledge management and presented a Knowledge Management (KM) Strategy to their client organization in order to support collaboration among the member agencies of the Volunteer Center.   


LV Physician Group & Good Shepherd

 

Team members from both organizations developed a patient experience analysis that could be used by both organizations to monitor the quality of the services they provide.


 

Planet Brooklyn Academy
Wescoe School

A feasibility study was conducted for this retail clothing store in Brooklyn to ensure a successful launch and to capture new clients in the surrounding area.   


Slate Belt Strength and Fitness

A Business Model Review was performed  to identify several challenges facing this fitness center.


 

Wescoe School

This team of students from the Health care concentration developed a detailed instructional tool for mass immunizations offered to the general public.   


The students developed the first website for the Food Bank, which allows the organization to communicate its mission to a wide audience. The students also trained volunteers to use spreadsheets to track clients and supplies.   


A marketing plan was developed to assist NAMI in increasing awareness of their various mental health support programs and events in the local community.


 
Wescoe School

This project involved the development of a philanthropy portfolio to highlight the organization’s charitable objectives and the value of donor contributions.


Wescoe School

1. A team from the Information Systems program developed computer training materials for three different office productivity applications.

2. Students in the Human Resources concentration developed modules for the training of new managers. These modules included PowerPoint presentations and other instructional materials designed to simplify the teaching process. This project built upon two capstone projects from 2010.  


Wescoe School

This project sought to increase revenues by addressing two accessibility issues. The students videotaped the second floor exhibits and provided first-floor viewing equipment for patrons who cannot navigate stairs. The team also solved an issue regarding wheelchair access at the entrance way to the building.


Wescoe School

This Information Systems project helped the organization consolidate its computer infrastructure and provided needed process improvements.


Wescoe School

A team of two Health care concentration students provided the network with a simulation needs assessment for both the new medical school and for the network as a whole.


Wescoe School

This capstone resulted in the development of plans about mission awareness and volunteer recruitment.  


Hugh Moore Historical Park & Museum

This team of students developed contemporary management methods to improve existing park maintenance processes and optimized the use of available resources.