The Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre has a Web site.
“We want to provide information for anybody that wants to find out more about the college,” economic development officer Gordon MacIvor explained. “By having this site people can keep up with what’s current.
MacIvor said this is just the beginning.
“As more things happen, more things will be put on the site,” he said. The idea to build a Web site came out of a recent meeting of the police college liaison committee.
Committee member Don O’Neill, who is also principal at F.P. Walshe school, turned the task over to one of the students in the Computer Technology Studies course.
Grade 11 student Jennifer Eidet took up the challenge after being chosen by associate principal Bart Heine.
“I was happy when I found that out,” she said. “It was nice to be chosen.” The Web site for the $110-million police college is the first site Eidet has built.
“I kind of had to learn as I went along,” she said.
The site, which Eidet is still putting the finishing touches on, contains a short explanation about the college, various photos of Fort Macleod and links to Web sites of the Town of Fort Macleod, F.P. Walshe school and the Alberta Solicitor General’s office.
“It’s not completely finished,” Eidet admitted. “It’s going to be updated with articles that have been written about the college and will be constantly updated as new stuff comes in.”
She hopes to have the Web site fully functional in the next few weeks.
The site’s address is www.lrsd.ab.ca/schools/fpwalshe/ctsstudent.
Eidet, who will be in charge of updating the Web site for the near future, said the address will likely change soon, so that it will be easier to find through a search engine.
Part of F.P. Walshe’s mandate this year has been to give students as much real-world experience as possible.
“We want them to be able to apply the skills they’re learning into real-life situations,” O’Neill said. “We want them to be able to do a lot of this sort of work and improve our ties to the community.”
O’Neill is impressed with the site.
“I think it’s terrific,” he said. “All along Jennifer’s been taking suggestions from Gordon MacIvor and teachers and she has worked really hard at this.”
MacIvor agreed, and said it’s important to keep the younger generation involved.
“I think it’s great, it’s a beautiful site,” he said, adding he’s particularly impressed with the photo gallery. “It really brings Fort Macleod to life.”