by Terry Lutz, May 12, 2016
Twelve of our CAT students were successful in completing the final leg of their careers here at JCTC. Their final portfolio review was held on Monday night and all 12 students passed.
Kristina Peebles anchored the group, submitting three portfolios. Kristina is the first student to ever attempt to submit this many portfolios in one semester. She submitted in Photography, Design and Video. She passed all three.
We had a record number of video submissions as well with seven in all, four design portfolios and two photography portfolios for 14 portfolios all together.
We had a fantastic turnout for judges as well. Ten advisory board committee members showed up on a rainy night to provide final judgment on portfolios and video reels and feedback to students.
The portfolio review is the final requirement that students must pass in order to apply for an internship and to receive their degree. This is the biggest day of their college career for our CAT students. If they don't pass this review it is literally back to the drawing board to revise and resubmit their work at the next portfolio review. Students do not want to do that.
So, intensity is the key to a successful portfolio review. A few all nighters at the third floor CAT penthouse and support from friends and family equal successful completion of the CAT program culminating in the portfolio review.
Congratulations to all twelve CAT students for achieving this milestone in their careers and successfully navigating through this rite of passage. You all earned it.
by Terry Lutz, April 23, 2016
Sirima Rattanamanokorn was awarded the CAT program's most prestigious award for outstanding achievement this past Wednesday night at the college's annual Awards & Recognition ceremony. The award is voted on by CAT program full time faculty and part time faculty each year in May. The vote was unanimous.
Sirima graduated in December with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Communication Arts. Her area of specialization is Advertising Design and she has earned a GPA of 4.0 during her tenure here at JCTC.
Sirima never takes the easy way out on an assignment but instead puts in more than the required time outside of class, which makes her creative solutions to visual communications that much better.
Her talent rises to the top. At our Portfolio Review last year some of the employers were fighting over who would get to have as an intern. One of JCTC’s Board Members won out and Sirima has been interning with that company for about 8 months now and doing a fantastic job.
Sirima plans to continue her education at Purdue University. The way she talks to students and faculty alike is always respectful as she is always ready to help out either.
Sirima displays and demonstrates a winning attitude and a great desire to be more creative and professional in her designs. She has done just about as much as any student can do in her time here. She participated for several semesters now in many of our local CAT Student Shows, the CATTY Awards, and the American Advertising Federation of Louisville’s “Louie” Awards, and the American Advertising Federation’s District Five ADDY Competition.
Here’s a bit of a list of some of her achievements here. In our CAT program student shows, “The CATTY’s, she has won:
2 Best of Show awards
13 Gold CATTY awards
6 Silver CATTY awards
4 Bronze CATTY awards
More importantly, she participated In the American Advertising Federation of Louisville’s “Louie” Awards Competitions for two years where she won:
1 Judges’ Choice Gold Award
2 Gold Louie Awards
3 Silver Louie Awards
Sirima has earned 31 total awards in all making her the most decorated CAT student in the history of the program.
Sirima is a great student and an even better person. She’s hard working, dedicated, and just a pure pleasure to be around. Her winning ways and her winning attitude has helped to inspire and to instill a more competitive spirit in many of our students. She makes me very proud to be one of her teachers and even prouder to be considered one of her friends. And I know all of her teachers feel exactly the same way.
It was a tremendous honor for me to present the Outstanding Achievement Award to Sirima. We all congratulate her on all her hard work and her achievements. Thank you Sirima for being part of our program and our college.
"Imagination is Everything"
Animation by Kristina Peebles
JCTC has only student in central & western Kentucky to win ADDY Award in 5th District Competition
by Terry Lutz, March 22, 2016
The 5th District Advertising Awards Competition results were announced late last week and lil' ol' Jefferson Community & Technical College had the only student in all of central and western Kentucky who will be moving on to the next level.
Kimberly Raber won a Silver Student ADDY Award with her BourbonBrau Stout Packaging design.
The 5th District win means that Kimberly will be one of only three students who will be representing Kentucky in the National ADDY Competition in June.
The other two student winners are from NKU. No other schools from the state of Kentucky will be competing at the national level.
Kimberly is yet another shining example of the kind of student the CAT program strives to produce–creative, driven, and professional.
Congratulations to Kimberly and now on to the national competition.
by Terry Lutz, March 1, 2016
This past Friday four of our CAT students were recognized as being among the elite talent in the Kentuckiana region's collegiate advertising design programs.
I am extremely pleased to report to you that our CAT Program students won six Gold Louie Awards and three Silver Louie's in the 42nd Annual Louie Awards Competition held at the Muhammad Ali Center, including the only Student Judges' Choice Award given.
Here are the awards won by JCTC students:
Judges' Choice Student Gold
BourbonBrau Stout Point of Purchase Display
BourbonBrau Stout Point of Purchase Display
Student Gold - BourbonBrau Stout Packaging
Student Gold - Eye Candy, Color Still Photography
Student Gold - Blueberries, Color Still Photography
Student Gold - Abby Road Poster, Typographic Illustration
Student Silver - Personal Stationery
Student Silver - Mae Manee Pizza LogoDesign
Student Silver - Too Much of a Good Thing, Illustration
Congratulations to our CAT students. GO JEFFERSON!
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