What ADA Compliance for your website has to do with Search Engine results

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, many websites must now be built according to specifications that allow for equitable access to content.

For users who live with disabilities these accommodations increase access to information and improves quality of life online. For web developers, compliance increases the relevancy and expertise of websites, which raises their standing for search engine result pages (SERP’s).

High SERP ranking is the gold standard that all developers shoot for so this is course is a must have. The course will provide a solid orientation to Website Content Accessibility compliance.

In a 3-hr discussion the class will cover:

Understanding the problem both for users and businesses:
  • How disabilities impact a person’s ability to navigate the Internet?
  • Which types of businesses need to consider accessibility compliance for their website?
  • What are the potential consequences of ignoring accessibility compliance?
  • A brief examination of some example website accessibility problems and solutions
  • Why website content accessibility compliance cannot be solved by simply installing a plugin or running a utility
Understanding the solution:
  • Website Content Accessibility assessment
  • Considerations for choosing a website platform for a new website or a website rebuild
  • Where SEO and website content accessibility overlap
  • Strategies for ensuring the accessibility compliance of your business’ website in the short and long-term

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This course provides introductory information only and
should not be considered a substitute for legal advice.

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This course will be done remotely.

Who Is This Course For? 

  • Non-for-profit organizations. ADA compliance is mandated as the new standard requirements
  • Business owners who want their websites preformed and SEO optimized
  • Web developers who want to build highly effective websites
What Will You Learn? 
  • Accessibility compliance requirements and concepts
  • Website Content Accessibility assessment
  • Why it cannot be solved by simply installing a plugin
  • Why Should Digital Marketers Care About Accessibility?

Mentor: Shannah White

Shannah is an active Website Developer supporting local businesses in the Hudson Valley from local professionals and craftsmen to web agencies and mid-size businesses. She began her journey into World Wide Web technologies in 1998. She is well-versed in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and Photoshop. Drupal is her fave Content Management System, but she also has experience in WordPress, Zen Cart, Shopify, and Squarespace. She has written a custom ecommerce CMS from scratch, and maintains other custom CMSs for some of her client base.

This course is also part of OpenHub’s professional Fast Track Website Development Bootcamp. To learn more about the bootcamp, follow this link.

Starting Jan 2020 – Hudson Valley’s gold standard WebDev Bootcamp offered Online!

Four years ago, OpenHub launched the Hudson Valley’s first Web Development Bootcamp and to this day it remains the gold standard for bootcamps in the Hudson Valley. As we celebrate 4 years of graduates, we add to the celebration with our announcement of our moving to full-time online learning.

Based on our research we have developed a local student profile that is our north star to meet the needs of our enrollees. Learning from our former students and graduates we created a curriculum that is immediately useful. 

Many enrolees who were freelancers and junior developers complained of ‘being lost’ and needing support. We have had students who overcame their struggles with learning everything from PHP and child-themes for WordPress to others that needed a more holistic and full-stack understanding of WAMP/MAMP frameworks.

But what continues to make the difference is OpenHub’s large network of tech-professional community members. OpenHub’s community of ‘techies’ provide support, connections, and tips to get ahead. As a community building project, OpenHub supports collaboration and mutual support for ongoing learning to continually build resiliency, improve your skill base, and grow expertise. 

What We Learned:
Our physical location had some limits!

Until now, we ran our programming successfully at Suny Ulster.

However, we found the location actually set some limits that online learning removed:

  1. Every student now has a first-row seat
  2. Zoom Replay of class serves as a vital review to class and to practice skills
  3. Students can share their screen to problem solve and the entire class can help
  4. As the entire class coaches or create solutions to problems, confidence grows
  5. With chat, questions are asked, solutions posted, and resources shared
  6. Access issues of mobility and location were eased

OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp curriculum and relationships continue to focus on the Hudson Valley. We are laser-focused on essential, in-demand skills and industry best practices. The curriculum continually evolves and updates to keep current to the demands of today’s job market needs.

New Session Beginning This Fall

Taking all we have learned and moving forward, OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp will be held 100% online.

Our next successful session begins January 2020.
To learn more or sign up please fill out the form below.

The curriculum consists of comprehensive courses providing a solid foundation in website development and business skills. Expect to graduate with a truly relevant and effective strategy to starting your own business as a web developer or obtaining the skills to get a professional position in an existing business.

Use our network of 3,000 tech-professionals here in the Hudson Valley to promote your self and network your way toward your next goal!


OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Devlopment Bootcamp will only be held online this session and outside SUNY’s system.
(Do NOT apply through the SUNY Ulster Office of Continuing and Professional Education)

The Secret Sauce

You are not in this alone. Joining OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp means you are joining a community of colleagues and experts who are available for support during training and beyond. 

OpenHub is Hudson Valley’s technology hub with a wide reach to network for support, internships and job advancement.

OpenHub builds local opportunities and relationships toward a thriving and inclusive tech-driven Hudson Valley.

No prior experience is necessary to sign up.

Courses are equally beneficial whether you are a beginner or someone who is looking to sharpen existing expertise. Many beginners elect to take advantage of office hours and OpenHub’s ‘2nd go-around’ offer.

Beginners are encouraged to repeat any module they self-elect to repeat while acquiring real world skills, learning additional topics, and best practices. These ‘2nd go-around’ students become mentors to the newer students further cementing their mastery while encouraging newcomers.

All our instructors are local, experienced professionals in the field of website development and technology, and are passionately involved in growing the local tech community. Graduates are encouraged to integrate into the local Hudson Valley tech community as ‘emerging tech-talent’ by joining our ongoing Meetups and networking opportunities.

Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp Courses:

To learn more or sign up please fill out the form below.

Course Descriptions:

ADA Compliance for Website: Why is it Important for Your Business?

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, many websites must now be built according to specifications that allow equal access to content for users who live with disabilities that alter how they navigate the World Wide Web. This also affects search engines and which websites will be selected in the top ranking positions when searched. This course provides an orientation to Website Content Accessibility compliance and how to optimize the websites you develop. 

Website Planning: Objectives, Information Architecture, UX
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Business Objectives, User Experience and Information Architecture. 

This course will teach how to define and distinguish Business Objectives from Website Goals, User Case from User Story and Wireframes from Information Architecture. In this course, students learn how to define and plan their website for the optimal conversion to business goals. 

This course covers: Conversions and Call to Actions, Content structure, website building blocks, Information Architecture, User-centric Web Development, User Case, User Story and User Journey. Why and when you need to set up your Online marketing strategy, what is the difference between mockups and wireframes, where to start with your process and how to improve it.

Website Development I: Website Construction Principles HTML5 & CSS FORM FOR MORE INFO MISSING ON LINK

Students are provided with a hands-on introduction to the universal architecture of the web. This course covers website construction with HTML5 and CSS, file structure and hierarchy, design and usability concepts, accessibility-conscious coding, and website hosting and administration. Students will learn website development fundamentals hands-on by building a simple, professional-class website in class. 

Website Development II: Multi-Page Websites, CSS Strategies
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Students will extend their knowledge of HTML5 & CSS in building multi-page websites. Students will explore CSS strategies for managing multi-column layout, responsive design principles, and how to code a website from a design mockup. The course will also cover CSS drop-down menus, tables, forms, and embedded media. 

Website Development III: Building Blocks of Dynamic Websites
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Students will discover the power of dynamic website coding with an introductory examination of PHP and MySQL. In this course, students will implement basic dynamic functions with PHP and will hand-code a simple PHP-MySQL application to produce a dynamically-generated blog page. Students will examine similarities between their application and open source Content Management Systems like WordPress and use what they learned to migrate an existing WordPress website. Prerequisite: Website Development II or equivalent knowledge (instructor-approved).

Intro to JavaScript / jQuery

This course is designed for JavaScript novices who have little or no experience with the language. Students will learn the structure of JavaScript – variables, scope, control flow, functions. Students will create code that interacts with DOM and adds interactive behavior to a website. The course will discuss best practices and introduce jQuery – a widely used JavaScript library.

SEO and Website Optimization – Google Certified
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This course examines the interplay between clear business messaging and search engine optimization. Principles covered include: Niche Service, Location, Speed, Proper Website Structure, Blogs, Target Keywords, Tags, Metadata, Google Analytics basics, Google Search Console basics, AdWords basics, Tips and Tricks.

Who Is This Course For? 

Website Developers:

  • Demystify and master coding
  • Increase the value you can provide to clients on content development and website design
  • Know the most important keys to leverage for Search Engine Optimization, SEO

Entrepreneurs:

  • Understand how your websites can leverage the internet for optimal business strategy
  • Save time and money with website professionals you hire
  • Build your website for your own business endeavors

Reskilling / Upskilling:

  • Improve employability by developing a universally-needed skill set
  • Begin a new career
  • Empower yourself to build an effective website presence for a personal passion or business endeavor

OpenHub is Congratulating our Summer 2020 Fast Track WebDev Bootcamp Grads!

Four years ago, OpenHub launched the Hudson Valley’s first WebDev Bootcamp and to this day it remains the gold standard for bootcamps in the Hudson Valley. As we celebrate 4 years of students, we add to the celebration with our announcement of our newest class of graduates!

OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp focuses on essential,
in-demand skills and industry best practices. The curriculum is continually evolving and being updated to keeg current to today’s job market.

OpenHub’s Fast Track WebDev Bootcamp combines tech with entrepreneurship.

Our most recent curriculum began January 2020 and was hosted at SUNY Ulster’s Kingston Campus. The curriculum consisted of six comprehensive courses providing a solid foundation in website development and business skills to graduate with a truly relevant and effective strategy to starting an online business as a web developer or to obtain a job in web development.

OpenHub’s in person location until mid-March 2020.

Zero Attrition during Transition
to Remote Learning

The success of our program is proven by our students. During the six month program, including  during the historic pandemic shutdown, not a single student dropped out.

Overnight our in-person classes pivoted to remote sessions using the Zoom platform to conduct online classes. Office hours were also added to encourage one-on-one time with mentors. Replay of classes were made available and remain accessible to graduates to review or repeat material presented during this challenging period and as continuing support beyond graduation.

Our amazing class of 2020 Bootcampers stuck with the program until the end, despite many needs to pivot and other challenges due to the pandemic shutdown.

What We Learned:

Our curriculum and relationships continue to focus on the Hudson Valley. But the silver lining to the challenges confronted during the shutdown – we found our physical location is not the limit. During this time our local Hudson Valley relationships continue to strengthen. Zoom created opportunities such as giving every student a first-row seat.

Replay of class time served as a beneficial review to practice skills and complete homework in preparation for the next class. And students can share their work or problem-solve in real time with the entire class helping or observing.

The Secret Sauce

You are not in this alone. Joining OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Dev Bootcamp means that you are joining a community of learners and experts who are available for support during training and beyond.

OpenHub is Hudson Valley’s tech hub with a wide reach to network for support, internships and job advancement. OpenHub builds local opportunities and relationships toward a thriving and inclusive tech-driven Hudson Valley.

Online classes were supported with additional one-on-one office hours and recorded classes were made available for replay during program and beyond.

No prior experience is necessary to sign up. Courses are equally beneficial for beginners as those with previous expertise.

Many participants without prior experience elect to take advantage of office hours and OpenHub’s ‘2nd go-around’ offer.

Newbies are encouraged to repeat any module they self-elect to repeat while acquiring real world skills, learning additional topics, and best practices. These ‘2nd go-around’ students become mentors to the newer students further cementing their mastery while encouraging newcomers.

All our instructors are local, experienced professionals in the field of website development and technology, and are passionately involved in growing the local tech community. Graduates are encouraged to integrate into the local Hudson Valley tech community as ‘emerging tech-talent’ by joining our ongoing Meetups and networking opportunities.

SEO instruction is Google-certified and industry experts shared best practices and latest innovations

New Session Beginning January 2020!

Our successful program begins again in October. Taking all we have learned and moving forward, OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Development Bootcamp will be held 100% online. To learn more or sign up please follow the link below.

Attention: APPLY BELOW. Do NOT apply through the SUNY Ulster Office of Continuing and Professional Education. OpenHub’s Fast Track Web Devlopment Bootcamp will only be held online this session.

For more info or to register click the button below.

How We Form the Curriculum.
Our Guiding Principles:

  1. Technology relevant to market demand: 
    • Recent technologies, that are in demand now and relevant to getting hired
    • Newer technologies, that are simpler and more efficient, replace the previous semester’s module
    • Curriculum based on actual data, interviews and tests
    • Best Practices, all code must be sustainable, efficient, clean and readable
    • Complete, the modules build a solid and comprehensive foundation
  1. Curriculum prepares for real life:
    • Real life projects and components. Graduate with a project portfolio.
    • Interview prep. Lectures and office hours cover ongoing interview and client preparation throughout the modules.
  2. Curriculum combines business perspectives as well as soft skills: Marketing, Testing, BizDev, Information Architecture and UX analysis
  3. Our Academic Team spends a significant amount of time designing and updating our programming and curriculum. Updated criteria based on current real world and real-time industry needs.

We are so proud of our graduates! We welcome you to join our community of emerging tech-talent!

For more info or to register click the button below.

Why wait? We look forward to meeting you!

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