I am the founder and creative director for our on-campus studio, Design Rescue, staffed by my Advanced and Honors Graphic Design students at El Dorado High School's Digital Media Arts Academy. We provide pro-bono design work to the community as a way to give students real-world, hands-on experience with projects that will be produced and published. I began Design Rescue as a way to prepare my 3rd and 4th year students for college and beyond. Not only does it deliver on that goal, it's had some welcomed collateral effects including students who have gone on to art colleges, started freelance design businesses, and started in-house design positions right out of high school.
Design Rescue is a pure Work-Based Learning (WBL) experience for North Orange County ROP students. WBL projects help students develop essential employability skills and build a strong, positive work history. It can also help them build an important network of peers and employers that often connect the dots between job seeker and the right position.
It is the goal of North Orange County ROP and El Dorado High School's Digital Media Arts Academy to provide a studio environment where students can have experiences that go beyond the classroom.
Companies Win Too!
There is a huge opportunity to shape the next generation of skilled workers from an early stage and engage directly with the local education system in a meaningful way. The staff at Design Rescue is comprised of North Orange County ROP students at El Dorado High School that are enrolled in the Advanced and Honors Graphic Design courses, part of the school's Digital Media Arts Academy.
We invite businesses and organizations small and large, for profit or non-profit, seasonal or annual, to reach out to our Design Rescue team with your design requests.