CRANFORD – Twelve women and two men participated in the “Girls Gone Wired: Game Day” free demonstration class hosted by Union County College on Sat., Sept. 17 at its Rahway facility. As the title suggests, the class especially sought to reach out to women in Union County but everyone was welcome.

Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados helped kick off the exciting day of learning. He stopped by and greeted the class participants, who learned to build simple functional apps and mobile games for Android using Magic 8 Ball, PicCall, BackTalk, Mole Mash, Get the Gold, and Mini Golf.

“The Freeholder Board, through our Office on Women, was proud to partner with the College to offer a program that offered a cutting-edge skill to participants,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The development of computer apps over the past decade has completely revolutionized mobile communications, and will continue to play a key role in how we access information and communicate with each other.”

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The participants did not need any programming experience to take the class. The course was led by Beth Ritter-Guth, Union’s Director of Instructional Design. At the end of the day, the participants expressed that they definitely learned some basic programming principles during the session and would like to attend another workshop with similar content. They said, Ms. Ritter-Guth was engaging and helpful, and overall the course was a great experience.

The program was made possible with the support from the Union County Office on Women, Department of Human Services. For more information about Union County College, go to