“When I started taking computer graphics courses at the colleges of DCCCD, I was working in sales at Nordstrom’s, but I had this huge artistic interest that I decided to feed. I started out with classes in Photoshop, Web design and 3-D graphics and landed my current job after I had taken just five computer graphics courses. All of those skills went into what I do now.
“I really liked experiencing the various teaching styles. Byron Black is amazing and I enjoyed every class I had with him. The instruction is really hands-on and class projects push you further than you would go by yourself. You really learn to think outside the box.
“The work I did here pushed my creativity in considering my various skills and career options. I use all of the skill sets I learned — Web, print and animation — in my current job. I would recommend this program because it really opens up the possibilities of what you can do.”
David Rodriguez is in the process of completing his Computer Graphics Specialist certificate. As a graphic designer for The WildWorks Group, a company producing customized collaborative sessions through live capture of meetings and information, he “scribes,” a technique of translating live conversations into drawn images in real-time on marker boards, and builds real-time Web pages that capture a client’s work throughout a session.In 2007, he helped launch and became a partner in ArtLoveMagic, promoting networking and development in the local arts community through live events that showcase artists’ work, networking between new and established artists, and a small publishing arm that is launching a line of comic books. The network includes artists in various performing and exhibiting media, including music, poetry, fiction, jewelry, pottery, painting and more.