Grace College senior art students recently toured New Haven Print, a leading print company in New Haven, Ind., and met with industry professionals. The second-annual trip was organized and led by Richard Wanjema, assistant professor of visual communication design at Grace.
“The New Haven trip is an excellent opportunity for students to network with potential employers,” Wanjema said. “They get to see where their skills can be applied in the professional world.” While in New Haven, the students received an in-depth explanation of offset and digital print production. They explored project management and organizational processes in a professional setting.
During lunch, the students listened to a panel discussion by eight creative professionals from Fort Wayne, Ind. The panel included Andie Mobley, president of Red Tree Procurement; Dan Mobley, graphic designer at Blue 707; Jennifer Bell, copywriter at JB Wordcraft; Patrick Florea, account executive at JH Specialty; Helge Hinniger, corporate communications manager at Fort Wayne Metals; Craig Dellinger, president and owner at New Haven Print; Jeremy Diller, president at Scenario 77; and Sonya Snellenberger, project manager at Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
The panel discussion was followed by a Q&A session. The students inquired about a variety of career-readiness topics including portfolio and resume preparation, marketing and self-promotion, and interviewing techniques.
“The students and I are very thankful for the time and resources provided by these professionals,” said Wanjema. “Their insight is invaluable as students consider where and how to apply their education after graduation.”
Each of the fifteen participating students are currently completing their final semester at Grace College. They are working to solidify a portfolio in their area of study and preparing for their senior art and design exhibition this spring.
Grace’s Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts fuses creativity and worship. The department equips students to use their creativity to communicate in a visual-oriented world, possess technical skills, analyze historical and contemporary works, and demonstrate excellence at all times. Areas of study include art, illustration, media arts, photography, visual communication design and worship arts.