Lenoir Community College


Two Lenoir Community College Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology (GAIT) students, Kylie Meadows and Sunny Turner, were recently selected to receive a scholarship from the Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA). PICA is an association dedicated to protecting and promoting the common interest of the printing industry, and helping their members prosper, both individually and collectively, through fellowship, education and cooperative action.

The PICA scholarships are awarded to assist young people who choose to pursue a degree in graphic communications at community colleges in the Carolinas.

Kylie Meadows is from Kinston and she is a first-year GAIT student who was awarded the PICA/Weese scholarship. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is currently in her second semester in the GAIT program.

Sunny Turner is from New Bern and is a second-year GAIT student who was awarded the PICA/Treadway scholarship. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and has plans to continue her education at a four-year university. She is also president of the Graphics club and is an active participant in the Student Government Association on campus.

The Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology curriculum at LCC is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the printing, publishing, packaging, and related industries.

Students receive hands-on training in all phases of graphic arts including graphic design;  computer graphics; web design; image manipulation; prepress; printing technologies including offset,  screen, digital and wide-format printing; bindery; and screen printing.

The GAIT program has had a job placement rate of near perfect for graduates for several years. LCC graduates are employed across the state as computer graphics specialists, graphic designers, electronic prepress specialists, sheet-fed and web press operators, bindery operators, screen printers, and graphic arts instructors. Many have gone on to open their own businesses. Others have transferred to four-year universities to further their education.

The GAIT curriculum is a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program and offers day and online classes. To learn more about the Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology program, or if you have any questions, contact Dwight Downie at (252) 527-6223, ext. 604. You may also visit the GAIT department on the web at graphics.lenoircc.edu.

PICA Scholarship Awards

Pictured are (left to right): Kelly Statum, GAIT faculty; Kylie Meadows, GAIT student; Sunny Turner, GAIT student; and Jeff Stoudt, PICA president.