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Designing Communication Solutions


RGoerend headshotRuss Goerend





Designing Communication Solutions is offered during Blocks 3-4 in both the fall and spring semesters.


Waukee Innovation and Learning Center

Premiere partner: Performance Marketing, an Anthologic Company, 600 E Court Avenue, Suite 180, Des Moines

Course Description

Designing Communication Solutions combines creativity with communications, technology, and marketing and is a cutting-edge sector of the design world that changes rapidly and connects people worldwide. In Designing Communication Solutions, students are paired with organizations for which they prepare materials such as marketing strategies, logos, business cards, graphic design pieces, videos, and social media campaigns. Students will assume the role of a “professional creative consultant” and will also begin establishing their personal branding and portfolio.

Course Guide

Career Opportunities

Students will be connected to industry partners to explore projects and career opportunities such as graphic designer, videographer, social media manager, project manager, event coordinator, marketing and advertising manager, and web designer.

Curriculum Advisory Team

  • Eric Beron, AIA, Lead AP, DLR Group
  • Iacovos Zachariades, President and CEO, Global Reach Internet Productions
  • Brad Morford, President, Screenscape Studios
  • Paul Schlueter, VP of Research and Interactive, Flynn Wright
  • Jesse Peters, Web Project Director and Digital Strategist, Flying Hippo
  • Erin Rollenhagen, President, Entrepreneurial Technologies
  • Michael Bird, President/Owner, Spindustry
  • Lisa Holtorf, VP of Operations and Integration, Strategic America
  • Sheryl Rinker, Senior Account Supervisor, Strategic America
  • Peg Armstrong-Gustafson, President, Amson Technology
  • Michelle Hill, Director of Waukee APEX, Waukee Community School District

Review Curriculum Team (Internal & External Stakeholders)

  • Andrew Colosky, Senior Software Engineer, John Deere ISG
  • Tamara Kenworthy, PCM, PRC, On-Point Strategies
  • Tora Crist, Account Manager, Flynn Wright
  • Randy Mead, Dean, Program Development, DMACC
  • Randy Gabriel, Director of Program Development – CTE, DMACC
  • Christy Roland, Chief Academic Officer, AIB College of Business
  • Janelle Larson, Business and Computer Instructor, Waukee High School
  • Judi Roland, Assistant Principal, Waukee High School
  • Lindsay Law, Director of Teaching & Learning, Waukee Community School District