Designing Careers


Another important part of the AOAT career preparation process is the annual Career Exploration Visit. This year’s hosts – Midnight Oil and Impress Communications – are two leading contenders in the high end design and printing fields. And both were extending this incredible opportunity to the students not for the first time – Midnight Oil was the host of our very first CEV six years ago, and Impress has hosted AOAT twice before! We cannot thank these generous companies enough for welcoming young people into their domains and opening their eyes to possible careers. Touring and learning about the many facets of – and specialties within – the field they are studying in school gives our students the awareness they need to visualize their own futures.

And we couldn’t have organized and carried out these trips without Mr. Diebold who called and followed up with the company contacts. And a shout out as well to our chaperones – alumni Marcy Saylor and Michael Trimarchi, student teacher Jesse Sosa, and Advisory Board members George Roberts and John Ford – thank-you!


Exploring Careers in Printing


Great big AOAT thanks to the three printing companies who hosted – between them – all 140 students in the Academy junior class this past week. Each tour was informative, engaging, and useful to these design students preparing for careers in the real world. Your employees were welcoming and gracious, answering questions and giving students printing samples to take back to class. Thank you so much for your time and enthusiasm – Typecraft, Chromatic Inc., and Clear Image Printing!

We couldn’t have found these generous hosts without the wonderful help of Ara at PIASC, who made the arrangements with each business owner. Thanks, Ara! And thanks as well to our AOAT Alumni who helped chaperone these trips – you are upholding our family traditions!

All students prepared for this trip with ECCCO workshops including reading, writing, and researching such topics as The Endless Job List, It Takes a Village, Writing an Elevator Speech, and Transferrable Skills. They reflected after the visit on what they learned, and wrote a formal thank-you letter to their host. Next step in the AOAT junior year prep for careers: The Job Shadow!