News Archives: Custom-designed GPRC App Now available
Monday, January 28th, 2013
If you are interested in what's going on at GPRC, we now "have an App for that!" Jordan Pickup, director of Information Technology at the College, has custom-designed a native app for three mobile platforms, which is now available in the appropriate app stores for iPhones, Androids or Windows Phones.
Don Gnatiuk President and CEO of GPRC, is very excited about the new app, which was announced to the Board of Governors at their public meeting on January 24. "I have been looking forward to this for a long time!" Gnatiuk says. "I am especially proud that our staff is so accomplished. Jordan Pickup, who created the GPRC App to serve our students, is not only an esteemed member of our staff, but is an alumnus of our GPRC computer technology program."
As of this week, the GPRC App is available free at the App Store for iPhones and iPads, in Google play for android phones, and in the Store for Windows Phones. Visitors to www.gprc.ab.ca can download the free GPRC App from the community page or the student homepage. Everyone from students to the general public will find the App a handy addition to their mobile phones. Contact information, important dates, events listings, theatre events and news releases are available to all users. Quick links take the user directly to the GPRC website, the Students' Association website or the myGPRC portal for students and faculty.
GPRC students who download the App will find a few more buttons, with courses, marks and class schedule among their available links. GPRC faculty have links to their teaching schedules and information such as numbers of students registered in any given class, and all staff have access to a button to search employee listings.
Jordan custom-designed this app especially for GPRC, with GPRC look and feel and function. "I wanted it to be functional and rich in content, not just links to events and news," Pickup says. "This App has features students need, things to make student life more manageable." He has been working on the app in evenings over recent months, while working with Student Services to establish the myGPRC student portal. "It was important to have the online student portal up and running before launching an App. All the online services for students are in myGPRC - now the App provides a convenient link to that information."
The App is already flying off the "shelves" of the various locations for download, and Jordan is looking forward to tracking the numbers as the word begins to get out about its availability. The demonstration to the Board of Governors was the formal "debut" of the GPRC App; next week the opportunity will begin to be pushed out to current and prospective students. It is all about services for students. At GPRC, "We have an App for that!"