“I worked in a factory,’’ he said. “When you come here with no English you go to a factory. Then after I learned English, I worked at a Panera Bread in North Andover and now I’m at The Gap.’’
When Augusto came to the United States, he brought more than latent talent with him. Earlier, he put his design talent to work in the Dominican Republic, where he entered commercial art competitions. Now he wants to develop that talent. A lifelong artist, Augusto wants to attend a four-year school where he can complete his degree work.
“That will help me show what I can do in the real world,” he said.
Augusto was one of five finalists and the eventual winner of the contest, which was judged online with votes from Facebook. He won a Dell Tablet with a stylus.
Each semester, when Gulovsen teaches this class, she has each student create a design project for a client in any industry or business of their choice. They then create and produce the designs and art work necessary to complete the project.
“I want them to begin thinking like professionals in the work place, to get the feeling for what they’re doing,” Gulovsen said. “It’s important that they begin to develop a standard process of steps and criteria that they can follow to get through a project. They need to have a set of personal rules about how to work a project.’’
“They are entering a demanding business,’’ Gulovsen said, “and I try to structure that particular class to help them build a competence in their work methods.’’