Returning Adult Gaining Necessary Skills for New Career in Graphic Design

Ryan Grandinetti

Ryan Grandinetti was selected to display three of his digital illustrations for a student art exhibition at the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) offices in Springfield for one year. His computer-generated drawings include his two sons holding his fingers, a family dog and an abstract.

Grandinetti lives in Woodstock and is the single father of two sons, ages 9 and 7. He returned to MCC in 2014 to gain the necessary skills for a new career in graphic design. He plans to graduate with his Associate in Applied Science degree in spring 2017.

"MCC allows me to work toward a degree close to home and allows me to work around my family obligations," he said. "It's a good program for me."

"My classes have made me a lot better artist," he said. "I’ve grown artistically from learning the fundamentals and different techniques from the instructors who are sincerely committed to the students."

He said is favorite instructor is Thomm Beggs. "He makes you look at things differently and ask you why you like or don’t like something. He forces you to think about things more than you normally would."

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