When the New York State Department of Labor wanted an updated and professional look for a new instructional guide they were developing, they turned to students at the HFM Career and Technical Center to find what they were looking for.
At the request of the Labor Department, Digital Multimedia and Communications seniors Christopher Finley, of Northville, and Anna King, of Mayfield, recently created cover designs for a new manual being produced for the department’s Office of Special Investigations.
In a thank you letter, Director of Fraud Investigations Vince Coyne, who is based in the Labor Department’s White Plains office, said the department was looking for a contemporary and artistic cover for the new manual, and the students provided precisely what they imagined the cover to be. The agency’s management is currently reviewing the two options for final approval.
The two-year HFM Digital Multimedia and Communications program provides students with skills and professional experience in the areas design and layout, photography, video, sound recording and mixing and more. Possible career paths include photography, videography, graphic design, animation, website design, music production, video production, special effects and other fields.
Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to work with public agencies and private businesses that request help with various multimedia projects.
“These experiences provide students with the professional and communication skills they’ll need to establish, maintain and develop client relationships when they get into the workforce,” said Andy Huth, who teaches the program together with fellow instructor Phil Schuyler. “These professional skills are every bit as important as the technical skills we learn in the studio every day.”