By Rosemary Pollock
New Institute Website is 'Great Communication Tool'
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Church Educational System has posted an official
CES Internet web site that was developed by the Church Internet Development
Group. The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints has approved this site, after asking local units of the Church last
March to discontinue non-official web sites. The Church Educational System
will operate and maintain the site that will make information about
institute programs, classes and activities more accessible to college-age
The site, http://www.ldsces.org, will
include a locator for programs in the United States and Canada along with
registration information, the capability to register on line, and an ever
changing calander of events. "It is a great communication tool," said Lyle
Cottle, CES director of Student Services. "We are just coming of age.
Studies show that more than 80 percent of high school students have Internet
access." Services are expected to be expanded to sites outside of the United
States. "Access to information about the programs will enhance their
opportunity to be enrolled," Brother Cottle said.
Taylorsville Utah Institute's office manager, Susan Lubber sees the site as
a good way for students to find out about activities and to "look ahead and
see what is coming." Institute director Thomas Mumford noted that the young
people need to communicate in a medium that they are currently using. "That
is the way they are going now," he said. When the new on-line Internet
registration became available this fall, over 400 of director Mumford's
students registered for institute on the web. Currently, more than 316,000
young adults attend more than 2,000 institute programs worldwide. Of those
students, more than 184,000 live in countries other than the United States.
The CES web page opens to a map of the United States and Canada and allows
you to click on the state or province. It then lists the institute programs
and administrators responsible for that area. A template on the site allows
individual institute directors to post specific information about their
individual programs that can include a list of activities, announcements,
class schedules and student information. There is additional information
about parking, student wards, housing and an area that includes frequently
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By Sarah Jane Weaver: Church News staff writer