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July 23, 2012

Gavilan College students honored at California State Fair

CGD Students’ Mechanical & Architectural Drawings win State Fair’s top awards at Fair’s Industrial & Technology Exhibit.

Sacramento, CA, (Industrial & Technology Exhibit at Cal Expo Fairgrounds) July 21: Gavilan College Computer Graphics &rendering Design (CGD) students and their instructor were honored by the California State Fair with Highest Golden Bear Rosettes and Prizes for Industrial & Technology Education; their award-winning projects will be on display until July 29 at the Industrial & Technology Education Exhibit. State fair judges selected Gavilan College students and their instructor for eight honors including (3) first place rosettes, (1) GoEngineer SolidWorks prize, (2) outstanding rosettes, (1) CA Surveying & Drafting prize, (1) Bently Systems Award. Realistic renderings of Travis Lober and Steven Hua’s respective Computer Graphics & Design projects will be featured at the State Fair Mechanical Drawing Show for Solid Model-Rendering and Computer Aided Design (CAD) and State Fair Architectural Show for 3D rendering drawings. These divisions were open to all career technology education students enrolled in California’s 112 community colleges.

CGD Instructor Colette Marie McLaughlin was pleased these dedicated students were recognized, “These award-winning students transferred from neighboring community colleges because Gavilan’s CGD department provides learning experiences that support their unique career goals and needs. CGD students integrate technology while applying academic knowledge to prepare for high-paid, high-skilled jobs. While it’s a thrill when some of my exemplary students are recognized at the State level, it’s more of an honor to be part of California’s Industrial & Technology Education Programs that help students prepare for rewarding careers."

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

Travis Lober of Gilroy, an advanced CGD student, received a First Place Rosette and the GoEngineer SolidWorks prize for his 3D renderings of a steam/air engine he designed. His rendering of his invention demonstrates his knowledge of mechanics, skill at design, expertise in 3D parametric design, and supports his objective to transfer to four year university en route to becoming an industrial designer.

Steven Hua of San Jose, another advanced CGD student, received First Place and Outstanding Rosettes, the CA Surveying & Drafting Prize and the Bentley Systems Award for his Architectural Renderings of a house he designed. He is interested in both mechanical engineering or architectural careers. Developing his phenomenal technical and problem solving skills included overcoming hurdles associated with being on the autism spectrum. Steven is a poster person for those who refuse to give up, do their best and follow their dreams.

Colette Marie McLaughlin, Gavilan CGD instructor, was awarded first place and outstanding rosettes in recognition of the achievements of her students.

Gavilan College CGD students apply a creative process to design, develop and present products they create. State of art software supports conceptualizing, engineering, manufacturing and marketing innovative products using industry standard parametric CAD and BIM software used by practicing 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



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