Clayton State University students Simeon Payne (Rex) and Courtney Wynn (McDonough), both workers at the Clayton State student help desk, the HUB, are currently working with Lake City Staff Assistant Timothy Hoyle on building a website for Lake City.
Payne, a business major with a minor in marketing, does freelance work in building websites, business development and tech support.
“After a phone call was referred to me, I immediately contacted Timothy Hoyle and scheduled an appointment to speak with him in person,” Payne says. “I spoke to him about the skills I possessed to build a website for Lake City, and I let him know that I would appreciate the opportunity. I shared my work experience and the fact that I am currently an IT support analyst for the HUB at Clayton State University, and a web developer at Encompass LLC. After an interview and conversation with Hoyle and the city manager, I was given the contract.”
A few days later Wynn, an information technology major, asked to join Payne in building Lake City’s website for Hoyle.
“Simeon and I meet once a week to discuss what each of us will do to further the development of the website,” Wynn says. “The next time we meet, we go over what we each did and collaborate.”
Payne describes his experience as enriching and rewarding.
“The most rewarding aspect has been meeting the city manager, the Lake City Council members, Mayor Oswalt, and even giving a presentation at a council workshop in reference to the overall functionality of the website,” Payne says. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to build a web presence for Lake City and will do my best to produce an excellent end result.”
Wynn has also had a positive experience.
“I am passionate about making websites and learning new ways to build them,” Wynn says. “The most rewarding part about building the website for Lake City is the experience that I am acquiring and the knowledge that I am gaining. Not only am I learning more about a topic I enjoy, but I can also use this experience to obtain a job in a field that I love.”
“Timothy Hoyle has been an excellent director/coordinator of this project and Courtney is a very skilled partner,” Payne adds.