CCC student designers win big

Student designers enrolled in the Graphic Arts Technology Program at Clinton Community College earned local honors at the annual American Advertising Awards gala on Feb. 15 in Cedar Rapids, including the Student Best of Show award.

The American Advertising Federation’s annual Addy Awards are one of the industry’s largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through local club competitions. The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Club recognized both students and professionals for their work in numerous categories, including website design, magazine advertising and more.

The student designers competed against both Kirkwood Community College and University of Iowa students, bringing home these five awards:

Best of Show

  • Ashley Serra (Second-year student)

Gold Addy Awards

  • Eve Van Kampen (Second-year student)
  • Ashley Serra (Second-year student)

Silver Addy Awards

  • Sydney Wohlstadter (Second-year student)
  • Ashley Serra (Second-year student)

In addition to taking part in the awards ceremony, students were able to meet and network with professionals in the advertising industry. A group of 20 students attended the gala.

Graphic Arts students posing for group photo

“This event provides a great learning opportunity for our students,” Program Director Christopher Legel said. “I’m very proud of them and the quality work they are doing.”

Students who complete the Graphic Arts Program Technology Program located at Clinton Community College earn a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree, learning skills that can be used for jobs at advertising agencies, commercial printing companies, publishing companies, newspapers, marketing departments and more.

For more information about our Graphic Arts Technology Program, call 1-888-336-3907 or email

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