Why Choose Graphic Design Diploma at CLC?
• Award winning students at the American Advertising Federation Competition – Best of Show 2 years in a row.
• Students receive close personal attention from their instructors.
• Digital printing production program for real world experience.
• Active “Right Brain Graphics Club” perform student activities and community services.
• We stay current with industry technology.
• Close to industry for possible internships and local placement.
Leon Dahlvang graduated from Staples Technical College and became a teaching assistant in the Computer Graphics department from 1985-89. He then worked at Connecting Point Computer Center/EdTech as a telephone support specialist for the graphics industry. He assisted in designs of brochures other promotional pieces for retail and education clients. In 1992, Leon was hired as a design/support person for the graphic design department at the Print House in Willmar, MN. Leon returned to teaching at Central Lakes College in 1996 and has enjoyed teaching students using technology for the creative marketplace. Email Leon for more information
Jensen’s work in design and photographic direction has won AdFed awards at the local, district, and national levels. These ADDY awards include work for clients such as Larson Boats, Bayliner Boats, LaMettry’s Collision and Creative Memories. Rick has a varied background working for agencies, printers, and companies – both large and small. A Minnesota native, he received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design at Indiana State University in 1993, where an elective course in graphic design and metals set him down his career path. Later in 2013, he received a B.S. in Education – Art, K-12 from St. Cloud State University. He’s currently working for the Minneapolis based, Soulo Communications as their Creative Director. “I’ve always liked creating things,” he says. “Whether it’s landscaping or construction or art, I just really like making something. As it turned out, graphic design was a way to make a living doing something I love”. Email Rick for more information
Graduate of 2014
I started the CLC graphic design program on a whim. I had earned a four-year degree after high school, but two years after that, I still wasn’t totally sure what I wanted to do. After considering a few possibilities, CLC ended up being my best option because it was close to home, and the Communication Art & Design program sounded like something I might like to do. I had no graphic design experience prior to starting classes at CLC, other than creating Microsoft Paint masterpieces for my mom when I was five. I had never opened Photoshop before; I had no clue what InDesign was. However, once I started my classes, I quickly realized that design was something that I had always been interested in. But before CLC, I hadn’t fully realized this interest, or what I could potentially do with it. The instructors at CLC have helped me figure out what my true passion is, and to grow and improve as a designer, and I was able to secure a job before I graduated, working at a great agency with awesome people.
Graduate of 2013
After high school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted to go somewhere close to home so I started looking at colleges in the area. I heard of CLC so I did some research and after reading about all the programs offered, the Communication Art and Design program sounded like it could be a good fit. I started the program without ever opening an adobe software program in my life. After the first few months I fell in love with what I was doing. My instructors were always willing to give me extra help when I needed and that’s part of what made me the designer I am today. I went on to receiving awards at the Addy’s & was hired right after graduation. I am now the marketing director at a great company and feel very blessed to have found a career that I love straight out of college. Thank you CLC!
Graduated May 2016
The first time I heard about Graphic Design was when I was on a road trip with my sister, we were having a lengthy conversation about what careers I would like and be good at when she suggested I should take a look into Graphic Design. After reading a couple different links online I figured i’d see if CLC had the program and with my luck, they were moving the Graphic Design Program over to the Brainerd Campus that year. I enrolled a week later and started classes unsure of what I got myself into but ready for any challenge. Little did I know that I would be spending the next two years working with amazing people and the best instructors at CLC, who were nothing short of patient and supportive throughout the whole journey. Two months after I graduated I got offered a job as a Graphic Designer at a company here in Brainerd and I couldn’t be more happy with the decision I made to accept it. Not only do I like the people I work with but I love the material i’m working on and being able to create things and make a career out of it. The saying is true, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”