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Eship Educator Website Logo Contest Winner

Community College Student Wins Graphic Design Competition Logo Design Student Competition

College of the Desert Graphic Design/Marketing major, Jorge Velez, takes first place in a statewide student competition to develop a new logo for a faculty curriculum resources sharing website.

“We were pleased with the high degree of design expertise and the excellent designs submitted by more than 60 community college students from across the state.  The top three finalists all created excellent designs which made the final selection a challenge. We felt Jorge’s design ultimately spoke best to the intention of the website, which is a place for entrepreneur faculty to share best practice curriculum in a community format.” remarked Charles Eason, statewide Small Business Sector Navigator for the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy initiative out of the California Community College system.

Jorge, who plans to earn a degree in Graphic Design and Marketing, hopes to open his own design firm one day. He appreciates the excellent design process he learned from his professors at College of the Desert. He says, “I want to give credit to my art professor, Anna-Marie Veloz, for teaching me how to use the concept of abstraction to represent ideas using shapes and forms. I also thank Mari Abril, my graphic design professor for teaching me her extensive and arduous design process for creating designs.”

Tied for second place were the designs by Tony Nguyen and Abraham Villasenor, both also of College of the Desert. To view the top fifteen semi-finalist designs and learn about each of the student designers, visit The fifteen semi-finalists included Noah Ledesma, Steven Mendoza, and Mario Hernandez from San Joaquin Delta College; Timothy Wasson from Riverside Community College; Hugo Mendoza and Nicolas Gonzalez from College of the Sequoias; Leslie Carrier from Santa Rosa Community College; Kien Phung, Jessica Sacks, Abel Venegas, and Ian Bragg from College of the Desert; and Ricky Peterson from Palomar Community College.

“We are proud to have a student design represent this website,” said Lorinda Forrest, Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the Central Valley/Mother Lode Region, lead developer and grant manager for the website project. “The work of our students provide value to their local communities and showcase the excellent educational opportunities provided by California Community Colleges.”

The website, is an entrepreneur curriculum resources website, developed for educator use only to share best practice curriculum and other teaching resources used to teach or infuse entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur mindset which teaches the valuable workforce readiness or “soft” skills which employers demand and which help students become both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial in the work setting.



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