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Snap Design Academy, a technology and design program for local talent from adult education and community college students, held their first graduation on August 23, 2018 at Snap, Inc. in Venice, California. Division of Adult & Career Education (DACE) student, Haydee Magdaleno, was one of the proud graduates. Haydee is one of twenty Los Angeles region applicants chosen for the program. She is a student from Abram Friedman Occupational Center’s Graphic Design program taught by Gayle Brodie. Haydee is also an I-Train student and a 2018 SkillsUSA Gold and Silver Medalist at the SkillsUSA Regional and State Competitions.
Snap Design Academy was sponsored by Snap Inc. and presented in collaboration with the LA Tech Talent Pipeline; a Bixel Exchange partnership with Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles and over 60 local tech companies. The graduation showcased the work done during the five-week paid internship.
As Haydee toured guests through the gallery of her team’s projects, she explained that every intern had a mentor from Snap, Inc. Mentors provided support and guidance to complete the tasks assigned. One of the projects was to design logos from information gleaned by interviewing their mentor. A team project was presented at the showcase where each team had to demonstrate and present an interactive app they created. In addition, interns received Apple laptops which will continue to support their creativity.
We are proud of Haydee for her talent and dedication to the 5-week internship! DACE would like to extend its gratitude to Hub Cities Consortium for subsidizing Haydee’s training. This experience has provided her with an opportunity to learn about industry trends and enhance her skills as well as an opportunity to network with employers.
Article by Gayle Brodie, Graphic Design Instructor at AFOC and Alejandra Salcedo, Career Technical Education Advisor at Central Office.
More about Snap Design Academy
How did Snap Inc. get involved?
Inspiring creativity among young people is very important to Snap Inc. For more than three years, Bixel Exchange has cultivated connections between Snap secondary and post-secondary students – allowing Snap employees to host various work-based learning workshops and design competitions for students. The Snap Design Academy was born from Snap’s desire to develop a more engaging and scalable career preparation program for local students.
When was it held?
July 9, 2018 – August 10, 2018
How many students participated?
What did the students learn during the 5-week program?
The 5-week program provides training, tools and skills that are relevant to today’s technology and design industries. The academy’s mission is to improve the career prospects of young Angelenos through design education and experiences.
The program accomplishes its mission through a curriculum built by Snapchat’s product designers in partnership with the Learning, Design and Technology program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. With a blend of project-based learning, workshops, mentorships, and professional development, Snap Design Academy seeks to nurture and inspire future designers who are action-oriented, intentional, and reflective, so they might launch careers within design and tech fields.
Projects included making visual icons representing the students’ mentors, designing a Snapchat Geofilter for Venice, and creating prototypes of both an interactive game and a new Snapchat feature to support a local nonprofit.
Have any of the participants been offered jobs at Snap?
Snap, Inc. is impressed by these students and how much all of their skills have grown over the course of the program. The program ended at the end of August and Snap Inc. is looking for ways to continue engaging with the students as they develop.
Source: Lindsey Heisser | Director, Bixel Exchange – Tech Talent Pipeline
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