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Woodward Students design their Futures

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It's on TV, in magazines, books, movies and clothing.  Everywhere you turn there's some sort of visual message being conveyed thanks to graphic design. Graphic design and print students at Woodward High school showed us how they make T-shirts and design movie covers.

Steve Lark is their teacher. He tells 13abc, "We have a lot of real nice equipment in the few years, it allows kids to work on industry standard equipment which allows the kids to work on industry standard equipment which will allow them to get jobs when they graduate."

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of graphic designers is projected to increase by 13 percent from 2010 to 20-20. The median annual income of graphic designers was a little over 43-thousand dollars in 2010.

Students in the class use top of the line equipment and 21st century technology, including I-Pads, and digital drawing tables. There's also another bonus: college credit.

Stephanie Steinfurth tells 13abc, "We get 11 college credits, that's amazing, you don't just get that handed to you everyday for free so I thought it would be a really good advantage to start my life out that way."

Deja Howard says,  "I feel happy because I'm already prepared and I won't have to take the classes when I go to college."

Entrepreneurs are also created at the school.  Students learn how to advertise on T-shirts and banners for other schools and non profit groups, a skill they could use to start their own business one day.

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