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Middle schoolers learn how to create business in one-week workshop

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IMG_1139Twenty-three local middle school students spent July 18-22, participating in the free iDesign Workshop, where students were taught how to set up, run and profit from their own microbusiness.

The young entrepreneurs designed, created, and learned how to market their own custom decals, popup cards and stenciled totes to help them understand what one would need to start their own business. The curriculum also taught the students about copyright, specifically always asking for permission to use artwork. A nationally known illustrator, Von Glitschka, partnered with the workshop and generously provided students the “copyrights” of his  artwork for use in the students’ projects.

The free camp was provided by a partnership with area high schools and a grant from the Oregon Department of Education, to help underrepresented youth see themselves in creative, entrepreneurial, STEM focused fields.

About Celina Baguiao

A Los Angeles native, Baguiao joined Portland Community College in 2016 as the Community Relations Manager at the Sylvania Campus. Spending her entire career in higher education, she has a background in public relations, athletics and event... more »

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x by Travis Ristick 7 years ago

What a great experience for our kids! I certainly like the part about them learning about the copyright aspect. With the internet’s ability to grab artwork/photos so easily for personal projects, one sometimes forgets the legal ramifications when it comes to the business side of things. To bring that awareness to the youth is very refreshing to hear. Anyone know of a direct resource to find out more about events like this besides the usual google and seek option?

x by Gregg Meyer 7 years ago

Anyone interested in this same camp or our PCC Digital Design and Fabrication program (7.5 PCC credits) for next summer should contact Stedman Bailey at stedman.bailey@pcc.edu. Else, call Gregg at x4141