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College Student Starts Success in Web Classes

student Claudette RhodesUkiah, CA – Claudette Rhodes began attending classes at Mendocino College in the fall of 2005, intending to learn something about web design. She enrolled in CSC 130, Web Page Design and Development, and just for fun, took an exercise class too. Claudette fell in love with both the technical and design aspects of web design, and immersed herself into the subject because as she says, “You only get out of something what you put into it.”

The program cards against the wall right outside of Student Services in MacMillan Hall caught Claudette’s eye, and there she discovered that Mendocino offered a Certificate in Web Page Design. She became intrigued by the class offerings and decided to go for it. As she progressed in her studies, her eyes were opened to the terminology, the subjects, the software, and the skills necessary to succeed in her chosen field. She checked out the job market for web design online, discovering much of what employers were seeking were the same things she was now learning.

Claudette realized that Mendocino College was offering the industry-standard software classes crucial to success in the field, and that the computer lab and classrooms also offered the very latest versions both in software and technology. “Mendocino College gave me the tools, inspiration, and knowledge I needed,” Claudette says, “including xhtml, cascading style sheets, and designing graphics in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.”

Claudette is not the type of person who likes to wait for what she wants, and she began dreaming of earning a living as a web designer. An “entrepreneur by nature,” she decided there was no reason not to start her own web design business while she was taking classes and learning, so that’s exactly what she did. A year into her studies, she published her own personal site, and listed her business online. In a very short time, this move led to a contract with Mendocino Works to redesign their entire site. They were so happy with her work that they asked her to redesign the Mendocino Private Industry Council (MPIC) too. In addition, Claudette will be part of a focus group through the agency, where she hopes to meet additional prospective clients.

Claudette has found many other clients – through word of mouth, friends, relatives, contacts, and surprisingly enough – through her classes at Mendocino! Claudette will continue to seek ways to grow her business because she enjoys the flexibility she gains working from home, as well as being able to spend more time with her family.

Claudette will graduate with not one, but two certificates from Mendocino in fall of 2007: both the Graphic Design Certificate and the Web Design Certificate. She plans to keep taking at least one class every semester even after she graduates, because she knows “there is always something more to learn,” and “it’s crucial to keep current in this field.”

Claudette is looking forward to additional computer class offerings, meeting new instructors, and the invaluable opportunity of sharing creative design ideas and projects with her peers.

What advice would Claudette give other students? “If you really put your mind to it, you can do whatever you want. Start by doing something you love … good things happen from that. Don’t sit around waiting for something to happen you’ve just got to go out there and do it!” 

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Created: February 12, 2007 @ 03:21 PM
Last Modified: February 12, 2007 @ 03:21 PM


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