The site and its processes
Nash Community College approached us to redesign their main website after we successfully created a 'mini-site' for their online school. Their existing site had a very flat information hierarchy—counting links in drop down menus, there were over 170 links on their home page! Their primary issue was "nobody can find anything" and we felt this was primarily an issue with organization. We met with them, developed a set of site goals, and re-organized the entire site. Most of the work in this project was the planning; we were very fortunate to have collaborative project leads that listened to our ideas.
The site is a responsive design with 4 views: mobile, tablet, desktop and super sized desktop. We use Susy Compass SCSS processor to manage the breakpoints and CSS.
Add-ons and EE special sauce
A massive amount of content for this site was imported from spreadsheets using the Datagrab add-on from Andrew Weaver. This add-on is crucial for us with big projects like this and Andrew will assist if you run into issues. His assistance helped us enormously with this project. Thanks to his add-on, we were able to automate the migration of about 2/3 of the site content!
The site also has a faculty login area where staff can access forms and other assets. This functionality was given a big assist by Solspace's User add-on. We prefer it over other solutions because it doesn't fiddle with the native member functionality and Solspace has great support.
We also used Low Alphabet and Low Seg2Cat. Low Alphabet powers the 'sort by last name' feature in the Employee Directory and we've found Low Seg2Cat to be enormously helpful when working with anything category driven. On this site, the clean URL structure of the course and program pages is only possible with Low Seg2Cat. Among its many strengths is it's ability to allow you to hide the trigger word 'category' from the URL.