“Bridging the Gap” Aims to Connect Polytech’s Commercial Arts & Advertising Design Students with Local Businesses

Hunterdon County Polytech’s Commercial Arts & Advertising Design students are excited to announce the return of the Bridging the Gap program designed to create a mutually beneficial relationship between students and local businesses.

The program is designed to help give students real-world experience while providing local businesses the opportunity to have their promotional needs met. Students are partnered with mentors from local Rotary Clubs, who help them develop a business and marketing plan over the course of two months. Upon completion of their plan, the students interview for freelance jobs at a Bridging the Gap Job Fair. The Job Fair will be held April 5th and provides students the opportunity to meet potential clients and learn about the projects they are looking for. In the past, students have created business cards, menus, logos, and even book illustrations and framed artwork.

“We have been running this program for eight years now, and the experience has been invaluable to our students. We’ve helped small businesses, authors, and big organizations like St. Luke’s, so our students are prepared to handle any job they receive,” said Mrs. Diaz, the Commercial Arts & Advertising Design instructor at Polytech.

The program culminates in an awards breakfast attended by mentors, clients, and the students. The students present their work to their clients, and Rotarians award scholarships to students with the best work. If you are a business owner and would like to participate or learn more about the program, please contact Mrs. Diaz at (908) 788-1119 x 2021 or tdiaz@hcpolytech.org.