Congratulations Courtney on your new job at Blue Shield of California!
"I've been at Blue Shield of California for over a year. Working here is rewarding and challenging, and I couldn't do it without all the skills I learned in Cañada's Multimedia program. We're making changes to the Blue Shield website constantly, so I'm always relying on what I learned in the web design, graphic design and animation classes at Cañada."
Courtney Caldwell started at Cañada's Multimedia program in Fall 2007. She arrived with a BA in Art and Art History from UC Berkeley. While at Cañada she worked as a student assistant and as the campus gallery curator. Hired by Hotwire.com as a Production Artist and Copywriter while finishing her A.A. in 3D Animation and Video Game Art, she later transitioned to Blue Shield of California to work in their User Experience team.
Chelsea Hiatt Farley (pictured) and Lisa Roecks, Cañada College 3D Animation students, each won statewide awards at the 2009 Media Arts Award Competition sponsored by the Multimedia & Entertainment Initiative.
From over 200 designs submitted and with over 12,000 votes cast, Lorene Lederer, from San Carlos and a Cañada College Student, emerged as the victorious designer in the 2009 Barbara Boxer Poster Contest.
Carlos Chapeton has been Creative Director and the co-founder of Evolving Vision Media since its inception. The company has been involved in many web and graphic design projects and continues to thrive successfully.
Additionally he has worked as a 3D Artist at Expresso Fitness in Sunnyvale for three years.
After completing his coursework for the Web Design Certificate of Achievement he moved back to Colima, Mexico and is now a successful freelance designer and teaches at the local college.
"I can safely say that the concepts taught in Cañada's 3D animation classes are relevant in the industry, since I use them every day."
David Wilson is a former student and currently holds the position of Effects Technical Director at PDI/Dreamworks
After completing his Multimedia Certificate, Jeremy got accepted at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts and completed a BA in Motion Graphics. He has since been active in the field doing various types of work, including motion graphics, video, photography, web design and film.
He is currently living in Los Angeles and plans to get more involved in professional photography.
Wendy Walter had two earlier careers before her recent transition into web design and 3D animation. She manages her freelance design business out of a home office.
Wendy sees a variety of options ahead: staying as a freelancer and working with small- to mid-sized website projects, running larger projects from inside companies on a salaried basis, or moving into the e-learning field.
Monica Ewing was a magazine designer who wanted to learn web design, mostly so she could redesign her own DIY decorating website, Crafty Nest. After completing her Web Design Certificate in 2010, she dabbled in freelance work before landing a job at AAA, working on web and print projects for AAA and Via magazine. She designed Cañada's Multimedia Art website as her final Web Design II project.
When Amanda Cole was laid off from her job at a biotech company two years ago she was looking to transition into a new career. She discovered Cañada’s 3D Animation and Video Game Art Program and learned the skills necessary to work as an intern at the NASA Ames Research Center summer 2011.
“I cannot say enough about the multimedia courses at Cañada,” she said. “The teachers are very friendly and a valuable resource for advice on what the industry is like. They prepare you for a career in multimedia.”