Alumna Spotlight: Corinne Koelle Garlanger

CorinneGarlangerCorinne Koelle Garlanger, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2013 from VCU School of Arts in Richmond Virginia, with a BFA in fine arts with a focus in Graphic Design. She is currently working as a Graphic Designer for Cornerstone Marketing & Advertising in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. As part of Cornerstone’s marketing team, she also works with their in-house publishing team that produces magazines, cookbooks, and hotel/condo in-room magazines. Their primary bimonthly magazine is called VIE Magazine — a high gloss publication that focuses on human interest stories. VIE Magazine recently partnered with Christian Siriano, American fashion designer and winner of Project Runway season 4, for a photo shoot at Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. VIE Magazine is an award-winning publication that includes national stories on fashion, culture, travel and more, and has a distribution of 25,000 copies bimonthly and a total circulation of about 50,000 per issue. VIE is known for its unique editorial approach—a broad spectrum of deep content with rich photography.

In her current position at Cornerstone Marketing & Advertising, Garlanger works for an array of clients, from branding to website building. Prior to her position at Cornerstone, Garlanger had a diverse and exciting career path. After graduating from VCU, she moved to Mountain Home, Idaho where her husband had been stationed with the U.S. Air Force. She began working at a media company called Aspen Labs, now AspenCore that specializes in creative services for technical industries. After eight months her husband was given orders from the Air Force to move to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She then began working as a graphic designer at a company called Avalex Technologies that designs and manufactures special mission equipment for the military and police. There, she was responsible for the advertising and creation/design of trade show booths/displays from concept to building.

“Confidence is one of the most important aspects in finding your career path,” said Garlanger. “EASTERN’s teachers and staff build confidence every day in their students. We learned how to know our worth and to appreciate what we’ve done and what we will do in the future. SkillsUSA, EASTERN’s student leadership organization, was a big motivator for me, and taught me as a 17 year old how to be professional and to work hard on something that I believe in. I am relentless in my career because I never give up. I want to LOVE my job, and I do. The skills and attitude you gain at EASTERN have a lasting effect on you, in high school, in college, or even in the working world. At EASTERN, you can be passionate about the program you choose, and immerse yourself in it. You’ll have a leg up in the world once you graduate from high school.”

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