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Practical Creativity

Shauna-Kay Jones

Shauna-Kay Jones
Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology
Student, Computer Systems Technology - Software Development and Network Engineering 

Prior to attending Sheridan, Shauna-Kay Jones found herself caught in a life crossroads. Having just completed a legal studies program at the University of Waterloo, she was struggling to decide whether to attend law school, or to pursue her passion for technology. One day, she sat down with her dad to research schools and programs, which is when she discovered Sheridan’s Software Development and Network Engineering program. “After looking into the program,” Shauna recalls, “it really became a simple decision, in terms of location, and everything else. It just fit with exactly what I knew I wanted to do.

“The Software Development and Network Engineering Program distinguished itself from all the other programs I looked at because you learn web, mobile and programming skills, and then apply those skills through a work placement.”

She says that not only does she recommend other students to take co-op, but that it “should be almost mandatory,” adding, “what differentiates [students] now is work experience and volunteering. This is a huge part of finding success in today’s society.”

Shauna says that the program is great for those who love technology, and touts its comprehensive package of relevant course offerings, co-op opportunities, and final Capstone project, which gives students a chance to apply their skills to create and develop a solution to a real-world problem for an actual client.

"For my Capstone project,” explains Shauna, "my classmate and I created Motify, which is an app designed to help students with autism throughout their entire life. It’s essentially a virtual assistant, and the software changes and adapts along with the user’s life situation.” The project was partly inspired by her brother, who is on the autism spectrum, and partly from the lack of technology available to aid people with the disorder.

Shauna’s team received widespread attention and praise, becoming the subject of national interest in early 2016, receiving press coverage in the Vancouver Sun and on CTV News, among other outlets.