(WTNH) – In this week’s What’s Right with Schools, we continue the summer edition with a summer pilot program in Fairfield.
University of the Sacred Heart and Haddad and his partners Marketing agency has teamed up to deliver a four-week graphic design program to 10 Bridgeport students.
DJ Haddad is the founder of Haddad and Partners and told News 8: “Our goal is to show these kids graphic design as a viable career choice. ”
Students learn different aspects of graphic design over the course of the four weeks. Magge Galiardi is a professional illustrator, designer and commercial artist. She teaches the second week of the course and introduces students to Adobe programming.
Mary Treschitta is the Chair of the Artistic Design Department at the University of the Sacred Heart. She worked with Haddad and Partners to organize the program. Treshitta told News 8: “You can go to painting and you can go to drawing in the summer and take that kind of class, but years ago graphic design wasn’t like on the tip of your tongue. of the artist. ”
Together, they work to provide students with a window to view all of the career opportunities available.
In addition to the free four-week program, the ten Bridgeport students receive their own Surface laptops and a one-year membership to kick off their professional portfolio.
“I was like them, I grew up in Waterbury, I always lived in an art room, but like any kid in an art room you hear 1,000 times’ you will never make money in art, ”Haddad says.
The program gives teens a head start by guiding them and guiding them towards their dreams: “So they make better decisions now at a younger age. We can catch them early and lead them, I think, properly. It’s almost like, you know, tips and advice.
Hoping to expand the program to other towns and villages next summer, “What is my goal in taking these kids and” were you interested in art? »… You know, show them that the other is a world of prayers that all this passion can translate into you.