WWC to present at NAIT convention

National Association for Industrial Technology focuses on student designers

By: Kristi Spurgeon

Walla Walla College will be represented at the National Association for Industrial Technologies 2005 Convention this week in St. Louis, Mo.

Linda Nelson, chair of the technology department, and graphic design students Dennis Huynh and Jamila Meesarapu will make a presentation entitled, “Student Designers in Developing College Promotional Materials.”

Nelson says that in this time of tightening budgets, schools can benefit from utilizing student designers for promotional materials, while the students gain necessary “real world” experience. Pulling from the lessons WWC has learned, the practical presentation will examine ways to create successful working relationships between student designers and the university, including ethical issues, appropriate compensation, effectively utilizing on-site resources, and giving credit.

“We’re hoping they can learn from our experiences,” says Nelson. “And come away with an arsenal of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ that help them create programs like this on their own campuses.”

NAIT is a professional association responsible for the promotion of industrial technology in business, industry, education, and government. The organization is also involved in the accreditation of higher education industrial technology programs and certification of professionals in the industry.

Nelson is also attending the 38th annual conference as the newly appointed representative for Region VI on the certification board. Region VI includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.



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