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At West Liberty University, senior graphic design majors are ready to lend a helping hand to non-profit groups and startup companies in the Ohio Valley.

By offering their talent and practicing their skills, students not only have the opportunity to gain real-world experience but offer assistance to the companies themselves.

James Haizlett, associate professor of art and communications, also said he sees the opportunities afforded for everyone involved,

“This as an outreach to the community that we've offered in the past. Helping organizations with limited budgets receive the services of our highly motivated, energetic, and creative students,” he said in a news release.

WLU students have been a part of community projects for the past 15 years, designing logos and identity systems, posters, brochures, billboards, book covers, presentations, signage and websites. Students also design “companies,” learning how to deal with clients on a professional level, setting budgets, timelines and following a design to completion.

Student Carly Jochumsen of St. Clairsville, Ohio, sees the benefit of being involved in community projects.

“It's amazing we have this chance to work with real clients, especially with professors like Mr. Haizlett helping us handle these situations and make sure we all get the best experience, student and client alike,” she said in a press release.

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