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Verndale students visit CLC’s Graphic Design Program

Students of Verndale High School got a hands-on lesson in using Adobe software and a UV printer during a recent visit to Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Each student brought a design idea for printing on 3-dimensional objects, such as box covers, wood slabs and business cards. All the students were excited to try the gloss feature that gives the design a clear embossed texture. Decals were also printed on a Roland VersaCaMM VS300i.

Students were given a short lecture on graphic design, the industry, and how CLC’s program works with internships in its print shop. Finally, students received a tour of the college.

“The students raved and bragged about the things they got to create,” said Verndale High School teacher Samantha Schmidt. “The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Many of our students also said they liked the tour and want to go back in the future.”

The unique lesson was possible through a partnership between Central Lakes College and Tech Mobile, which recently brought in to the college two UV printers, two vinyl printer/cutters and two laser etchers. Each of the machines will travel to local high schools to expand high school student’s knowledge of the process used for specialty printing in the graphic design industry for each piece of equipment. Similar hands-on learning events are planned for other area high schools in the near future as well.

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