Alumni profiles

Parkland graduates are employed in ad agencies, design firms, in-house marketing departments and as freelancers. Read their success stories below.

 

 

Barry Abrams

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“Now, more than ever I feel that I made the right decision with design.”

Kurt Bielema

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I love what I do. It's high stress at times, but highly rewarding. I love having direct contact with my clients, and also setting my own schedule.”

Vanessa Burgett

Creative direction, graphic design, interactive design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I love being part of a talented creative team and the constant development that results from the merging of ideas.”

Susan Coulter

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I have finally found what I love to do and what I am good at.”


Matthew Farrell

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“Everyone I work with is super chill and I've learned a ton since I started.”

Homero Garza

Graphic Designer

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

"I love being able to work on something I enjoy and get paid for it."

Jamie Hedrick

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associates of Fine Arts

Graphic Design Focus

“It’s one thing to complete a class project and feel as if it was successful, but it’s so much more fun to design for a client and their needs.”

Justin Klett

Graphic Designer

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

The most important thing I learned while I was at Parkland was confidence in myself as an artist.

Christie Klinger

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I was learning so many skills at Parkland and simultaneously applying those principles to real-world projects.”

Alicia Krauss

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I like to think I made the most out of my Parkland education.”

Betta Manalo

Graphic design, marketing

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I’m so happy with how my career came out of something that I truly enjoy doing.”

Steven Martin

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“It’s a unique occupation that gives you the opportunity to touch people’s lives on any given day.”

Mark Melvin

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“One of the best parts of my job is working with a small team. The collaboration and energy we have as a group is great to be around and that makes me want to come to work.”

Kelli Mikhail

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I get to do what I love with the freedom to be creative while learning and developing my skills as a designer.”

Whitney Milburn

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I love designing something that will make a really strong first impression.”

Beatriz Perez

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“Working collaboratively with clients and being selective on the pieces you add into your portfolio are very important things I learned at Parkland.”

Gary Piper

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I strongly believe that the Parkland program provides the key tools to make you a well-rounded, fast and accurate designer. To be a valuable designer to your company, you need to be able to work efficiently with great attention to detail. ”

Sarah Powers

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“Sometimes I can't believe how lucky I am to be doing what I do. I feel an overwhelming sense of pride when I see my artwork out in the community.”

Abigail Rogers

Graphic design, advertising

Certificate

Print Production

“It's crazy to think that I actually get to utilize my creativity and imagination everyday... and get paid to do so. Kid Abby would be very pleased with Adult Abby.”

Gloria Roubal

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I feel I am in exactly the right place in my life and career, having chosen to be a graphic designer after having careers in education and massage therapy prior to this. It feels fantastic! Very rewarding.”

Saul Sanchez

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I absolutely love my job. I love the people I work with, the environment that I work in, and everything in between.”

Abriel Shipley

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I'm glad I picked this career because now I not only feel like I'm helping improve people's life online, I also get to incorporate two things I absolutely love: programming and design.”

W. Jake Tatar

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I love my job. I wish I had pursued design at a much younger age.”

Thom Whitaker

Graphic design, Marketing

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I enjoy my job and work with some fun people. It's very fast paced and it’s challenging to come up with new and fresh ideas in such short periods of time.”

Dustin Wood

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“The thing I love about being a designer is that this ‘job’ doesn't feel like a job. If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Being a designer should be fun.”

Catherine Yao

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“I would have never thought I would be a professional designer before Parkland and now I can’t image doing anything else.”

Ghada Yousef

Graphic design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

“It was at Parkland where I first discovered art and graphic design. It was a major i never thought to pursue because I didn't think I had it in me. But it was the best decision I've made. ”