What’s Right with Schools: West Haven H.S Graphic Design Program

Whats Right With Schools

Physical ink to virtual designs. 

The graphic design program at West Haven High School stands out in bold font. 

“They really need to train on equipment that they are going to use if they get a job in graphic design,” said principal Dana Paredes. 

State of the art equipment was afforded through a Perkins Grant. 

The high-tech classroom has made it a highlight of the school day for students like Megan Mendoza. 

“I like to create things like different types of t-shirt designs,” said Mendoza. 

Everything made is available for the public to purchase. 

“Probably a lot of the people who have given you business cards in the community, those have come from this lab,” said Paredes. 

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Lawn signs, t-shirts, rally towels and even restaurant menus. It’s a popular, student-run business. 

“We only advertise by word of mouth because if we advertised any differently, we think we would be overrun with demand,” said Paredes. 

It’s a vibrant introduction in the business world and working with clients. 

“They are picky, and they change things a lot and redo a lot of times until they are happy with the product,” said teacher Taylor Paredes. 

Plus, students gain invaluable comfort when it comes to designing in the digital space. 

For Mendoza, who wants to be a nurse, these are skills that she knows will be an asset. 

“It’s used in so many different, social mediatechnology, it’s just a really important aspect of all parts of life,” said Mendoza.

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