Pathways Innovation Center Students Create YMCA Donor Wall

Earlier this year, the Creative Arts, Communication, and Design (CACD) students at the Pathways Innovation Center (P.I.C.)  listened to a pitch given by the YMCA to create a design for the donor wall in the new YMCA facility. All CACD students worked through the design process (discover, understand, ideate, prototype, design, and pitch) to develop compositions for the wall.

The YMCA chose to move forward with a hot air balloon design.  CACD students, Micah Jones, Austin King, and Jennifer Kline, worked closely with Glenda Thomas (YMCA) and Luis Martinez (MOA) to complete the donor wall. A prototype of the wall was revealed during the YMCA Grand Opening in January.

Students from the Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing,  and Engineering (ACME) academy helped as well in the completion of the design by making the individual pieces, engrave the names, and in the installation process.

“I enjoyed being a part of this project and being able to create something that will have an impact on the community. I had the opportunity to use skills I forgot I had to create the design. I learned that communication, collaboration, and compromise are all really good skills to have when you are working with other people. I wanted to continue with this project because I thought it would be a fun experience and it would be cool to have something that I worked on be up for years. It was a chance to make a mark on this community. I wanted to see if I could do it and turns out I can and now it’s a thing that people will look at for ages.”  ~ Micah Jones 

“I have enjoyed being able to do something like you would do in the real world. Normally, as students we don’t have to worry about too serious of stuff or work with someone else to get a project done the way want it done. I wanted to be a part of this project because it seemed like fun and it’s for everyone and not just us or the YMCA. It’s for everyone in the community. Doing this project really helped show us what projects in the real world are like, which was fun to learn and I enjoyed it a lot.

~  Jennifer Kline


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