LAKE CHARLES, LA - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the commercial art program at Sowela Technical Community College.
Gray Little, department chair of Culinary and Graphic Design Arts, has been opening boxes of new equipment including fifteen 27-inch iMac desktop computers, the latest on the popular Apple line.
"The clarity of the screen is superior," Little said. The new computers have a faster processor, more RAM, and faster graphic cards.
The massive monitors practically dwarf the 17-inch monitors students were using before. Larger monitors mean the ability to work in various programs without the inconvenience of closing windows when working in multiple programs at once.
"In our industry, most of the shops I've gone to have gotten the iMacs," Little said. "If they're not using them yet, they will be."
Students will work at new, black workstations on the iMacs fully loaded with the latest versions of the software used in the graphic design industry. They will even have comfortable office chairs on wheels that lean back and rotate, all thanks to about $30,000 allocated to the program through a Carl Perkins grant.
"I'm anxious to see their reactions to all of this," Little said referring to the students who enroll into the Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Interactive Media (Flash) courses for the spring semester. "It just has to make you feel better when you walk into this room."
The classroom also has a new 40-inch printer and tabloid sized laser printer that can print 12x18 sheets.
To learn more about Sowela's commercial art program, go online to http://sowela.edu/commercialart.asp. Late registration closes Friday, Jan. 8, for the spring semester.