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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 young adults.

The site,, 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 asked questions.


New institute web site: 'a communication tool'
LDS Church News 20Oct01 I1
By Sarah Jane Weaver: Church News staff writer


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