The background of the students coming into Systems Analysis and Design classes is diverse and broad. During the curriculum they are introduced to Unified Modeling Language (UML), Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) and other various components to build systems. The tools used to teach these concepts are diverse and sparingly used in the industry. In addition, they do not offer students a tangible and working system solution that resolves business challenges. This disconnect is most noticeable upon graduation when many students are unfamiliar with common integrations used in industry. The Mendix platform allows these concepts to be introduced early on at an applied level; it showcases business and IT alignment in addition to allowing students to develop a working solution within one semester.