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Design collaborations benefit nonprofits and students

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

While the classroom is a prime place to learn the tools of a trade, it’s the hands-on projects that give our Visual Communications students important hands-on experience working with clients, meeting deadlines and budgeting.

Each year, Chemeketa’s Visual Communications students work with local nonprofits to produce materials. Some of this year’s clients included–

  • Marion-Polk Food Share
  • McMinnville Short Film Festival
  • Open Food Source software
  • Salem Audubon Society logo
  • 4Him2Day Children’s Cancer Research Foundation
  • Chemeketa Community College programs including Chemeketa Press, Chemeketa Reads, Chemeketa Writes, Soapbox Poetry, Sustainability and developing a school mascot.

The newly renovated Visual Communcations studio space helps propel the student/client experience to another level. Private meeting and presentation rooms and modern facilities encourage collaboration while Mac labs, personal lockers and larger work spaces helps students excel at their craft.

“I really like the functional photo lab,” says Rowan Wright who graduates this year with his AAS in Graphic Design. “The facilities are less crowded and more accessible, allowing students to work independently.”

Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Rowan plans to freelance in Salem and Portland while searching for a job in a medium-size firm. He credits the Visual Communications program for re-igniting his interest in the profession.

“I encourage anyone considering graphic design to go for it and give it your all. I didn’t think it was an accessible career, but this program trains you to get up to par,” Rowan says as he pauses to greet an admirer of his portfolio. “Now I feel ready.”

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