At the beginning of fall quarter, Lower Columbia College graphic design students were short on computers. There were 20 in the lab, but the seven-year-old PCs were long outdated, and only 15 still worked.
Today, the lab features 20 gleaming new Mac desktops — the result of a $65,000 investment the college made to expand its art program to meet a growing demand for graphic designers and other creative artists. In this effort, LCC is bucking a nationwide and statewide trend.
The lab was outfitted with the new Macs for winter quarter as part of a proposal crafted by Jennie Mynhier, the school’s new instructor of art, visual and performing arts. Mynhier started in her new role at LCC in the fall after accepting a job offer last spring.
Fall quarter marked the first time in nine years that LCC has had a full-time art instructor.
Mynhier, who holds a handful of art degrees, said she was attracted by LCC’s “very specific” job posting.
“We put a lot of care into developing the job description for her position,” said Melinda Harbaugh, LCC’s dean of instruction and learning resources.
Harbaugh said the job posting was the product of a collaborative effort by the entire department.
The school posted a job opening in February looking for an art instructor with technology skills, fine arts training, a professional graphic design background and administrative experience. Mynhier fit the bill perfectly.
Mynhier was hired away from the Otis College of Art and Design in Southern California, where she managed the fine arts office. She has two undergraduate degrees from the Heron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and two master’s degrees from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore.
Before she was a teacher, she spent five years as a professional graphic designer, art director and senior designer for newspapers and magazines.
Her resume includes stints as art…