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Date: April 2, 2003 (03-30)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College to Present Communication Career Seminars
Free Two-Day Event Focuses on Graphics, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations

         The Montgomery College Arts Institute and the Visual Communications Technologies Department will present a free, two-day seminar on communication careers April 23–24 at the College’s Rockville Campus in the Technical Center.

            Some of the area’s leading experts in graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations will lead seminars focusing on three areas:  interview preparation, becoming a more valuable employee, and planning the right career moves. Topics include:

  • How to Pull Off a Job-clinching Interview
  • Interviews and Skills Assessment
  • OSX for the Graphic Artist
  • High-end Output: Get the Most for Your Time and Money
  • How to Become an In-demand Illustrator
  • What Web Designers Really Do
  • Creating and Presenting Your Portfolio
  • Making it in the Media

            Seminar speakers will include Christopher Avore, freelance Web designer; Joseph Giacalone, president of Renaissance Communications, an advertising, marketing, and public relations firm in Silver Spring; Joseph Gigante, public relations consultant for political and issue-related campaigns; Vernon Goertz, owner of Mobius Studio in Gaithersburg which specializes in high-end digital prints for fine art, mural, and commercial use; Lisa King, career expert and technical agent for Randstad North America; Seth Novick, senior creative agent for Randstad; Ed Riggs, instructor of basic and advanced software programs in the MC advertising art program and computer systems designer; Betsy Robbins  Web administrator for the city of Rockville; Richard Thompson, nationally known illustrator whose work appears Time, Newsweek, and the Washington Post; and Vivian Wilborne, director of staffing services at EEI Communications.

            For more information about the communication seminar and specific workshop times and locations, or to request disability-related accommodations, please contact Professor Dan Voss, 240-567-7521; e-mail For information about the Arts Institute, please contact Professor James L. Brown, 240-567-7644 or e-mail

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