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July 26, 2011

Gavilan College Computer Graphic & Design (CGD) Students Earn Top Honors

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Five CGD Students & their instructor win awards for Mechanical & Architectural Drawings: Projects will be Displayed at Fair’s Industrial & Technology Exhibit.

Sacramento, CA, (Cal Expo Fairgrounds) Through July 31: Gavilan College Computer Graphics & Design (CGD) students and their instructor, Dr. Colette Marie McLaughlin, are being honored by the California State Fair with Golden Bear Rosettes and Ribbons for Industrial & Technology Education; their award-winning projects will be on display until July 31 at the Industrial & Technology Education Exhibit. State fair judges selected Gavilan College students and their instructor for six honors including (2) first and (2) second place rosettes and (2) honorable mention ribbons. Realistic renderings of projects designed by Computer Graphics & Design students are being featured at the State Fair Mechanical Drawing Show for Solid Model-Rendering and Computer Aided Design (CAD)-Assembly Pictorial Drawings and State Fair Architectural Show for 3D rendering drawings. Their division was open to all career technology education students enrolled in California’s 112 community colleges. Last year, Gilroy resident and Gavilan Computer Graphics and Design (CGD) Student Herman “Al” Tyler was honored with the Best in Show Trophy for the Industrial Technology Education competition.

Dr. McLaughlin expressed much gratitude for the State Fair’s Industrial Technology Education event, “This competition allows career technology education students to showcase their skills. It’s great others may see the way students integrate technology while applying academic knowledge as they prepare for high-paid, high-skilled jobs. While it’s a thrill that Gavilan CGD students will be recognized at the State level, it’s even a greater honor to be part of Industrial & Technology Education Programs that are focused upon helping students prepare for rewarding careers."

Student projects receiving awards represent the diverse career objectives of Gavilan CGD students:

Sarah Holmes of San Juan Bautista, an advanced CGD student, received a First Place Rosette for her 3D renderings of a nose-activated drinking bowl for horses and breakaway stirrups to prevent injury. Her inventions reflect her passion for design and insights she acquired over the years while caring for her own horses.

Aida Hurtado of Hollister, is a reentry student who is developing technical skills while transitioning to a new career in landscape architecture. Photorealistic interior and exterior renderings of the environmentally friendly home she designed using Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) were honored with a second place rosette.

Pamela Guerra of Gilroy  is a CGD major. Her 3D rendering of her innovative internet chair that incorporates a holographic keyboard and projection device received an honorable mention. She credits her inspiration to videos of virtual devices Instructor Bob Beede presented in his Digital Media class. Her many skills benefit her employer, the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation, as she prepares to start-up her own design firm.

Poliva Hou of Gilroy, has been taking CGD courses to develop skills en route to becoming an engineer. He won a second place rosette for his 3D exploded renderings of a hand-h game device.  

Johnathon Hamilton of Gilroy is gaining technical skills while considering career options. He was awarded an honorable mention for his 3D rendering of a rifle.

Colette Marie McLaughlin, Gavilan CGD instructor, was awarded a first place rosette in recognition of the achievements of her students.

Gavilan College students apply a creative process to design, develop and present products they create related to their career goals in CGD courses. State of art software supports conceptualizing, engineering, manufacturing and marketing innovative products. CGD students develop their ideas using SolidWorks and AutoDesk Revit, industry standard parametric CAD and BIM software used by engineers, product designers and architects.  Gavilan College offers both an Associate of Science and Certificate of Achievement in Computer Graphics and Design. Students may choose among three options: Advanced Technical Computer Graphics, Computer Graphics for Environmental Design, and Technical Desktop Publishing & Graphics. For more information contact (408) 848-4719,, or the course catalog at

Last modified: August 17, 2011
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