When Andrew Guevara walked into North Oconee High School several years ago to sign up for classes, he was immediately drawn to graphic design.
“I’ve always liked to draw, but I never really thought about designing on the computer,” he said. “When I decided to sign up for classes, I thought, ‘Maybe I should try this out.’”
Guevara, now a senior, has now had the opportunity to use the artistic skills he’s cultivated over the years in a real internship through Oconee County Schools’ work-based learning program.
According to the OCS Strategic Plan scorecard, students have accumulated more than 10,500 hours working with businesses last year. The number of students taking dual enrolment has doubled since 2015 when the number was 333. A total of 559 students participate in research and/or learning at higher education institution. And monetary and in-kind donations from business has skyrocketed from $25,000 in 2016 to $650,000 in 2017.
Guevara gets to spend a couple hours each week learning more about graphic design and putting it to practical use.
“In my graphic design class, we mostly [just] design stuff,” he said. “But here, I’ve learned how to measure things out so they fit on the shirt. We never really printed in my class, but when we make something here we print it out. It’s pretty cool.”
The opportunity has even allowed Guevara to design and print out his own creations. Earlier in the month, one of his managers asked him to come up with a T-shirt design.
Guevara made a shirt with “It’s Fall, Y’all!” emblazoned across the front with looping font, orange and brown fall leaves in the corners.
A few days later, Guevara came in and was told that a woman saw the shirt in the window and bought it.
After graduating from North Oconee High in the spring, Guevara plans to attend the University of North Georgia.
“If I’m going to continue with graphic design, maybe I’ll transfer to UGA,” he said.
Additional reporting was done by Michael Prochaska.