Two high school students enrolled in the College Now graphic design program at Western Iowa Tech Community College recently completed a graphic design project for MercyOne Hospital. Mackenzie Kelly from West High School and Jennifer Herrera from East High School were assigned a special class project to design an outdoor banner supporting healthcare workers. The banner is now hanging outside the MercyOne parking ramp at 5th and Jones Street in downtown Sioux City.
"I had a fun time working on the poster thanking the healthcare workers. I enjoy giving back to the community and this meant a lot to me because my oldest sister has been working as a COVID-19 tester this year," says Herrera. Kelly adds, "I'm happy that I got to take part in this amazing chance. MercyOne has given me to get my message out to the frontline workers who are doing the work we need."
"The students took a lot of pride in creating this project. They were so enthusiastic about the idea of creating this banner as a way to say thank you to our local frontline workers. Real world projects like this are so valuable here at the Career Academy. It enables our students to use the skills they’ve learned in class to create pieces that benefit the community," says Jamie Bell, WITCC Graphic Design Instructor.