by Halle Johnson, Student Public Relations Writer
On March 31, International Center for Creativity (ICC) in Dublin, Ohio, will host its ICC design recruitment day to help Cedarville University industrial industrial and innovative design innovative design students learn about career opportunities. The fair will take place at the ICC on March 31 from 9 a.m. until noon. Businesses can register for the fair at no cost. Employers from a variety of industries will be present, including Continental Office, Goken Industires, Design Central and Worthington Industries.
The ICC, partnered with Cedarville, is a recognized global leader in innovation education, focused on training creative problem-solvers through a market-relevant curriculum. Alongside innovative education programs, the ICC is a working think tank and 3D-design studio that provides creative services to universities, design firms, working professionals, entrepreneurs and corporations of all sizes.
“We have always integrated working with local professionals into our curriculum, so it is a natural extension to involve professionals in our career search for upcoming graduates,” said Jim Stevenson, president of the ICC and supporting instructor. “Our students participate in project-based learning where they have the opportunity to partner with companies to do actual, not just theoretical, design work.”
In recent years, ICC industrial and innovative design students have had experience in practical design work with companies including Chick-fil-a, Honda, General Motors and Worthington Industries. Students have also worked on local projects, including a town vitalization project for the village of Cedarville.
Students studying industrial and innovative design are trained in tangible design skills and in traditional realms such as architectural design, interior design and product design, but also given soft skills that give them a creative and human-centric approach to the world of design.
“This will be our first major-specific career fair at the ICC since 2020,” said Stevenson. “Cedarville has great connections with local companies, but most do not automatically associate the university with industrial design. We want to build our relationship with our community because we know that our graduates have the necessary skills, professionalism and integrity to be excellent employees.”
Cedarville’s industrial and innovative design alumni are currently employed at some of the most competitive and recognizable companies in the world, including Walmart, Ford, Chick-fil-A, Hunter Fans, Nike, Reebok, Crocs, Shark Ninja, Honda, Petco, Air Jordan, Logitech, American Electric Power, Worthington Industries, IGS Energy, Priority Designs and Lextant. For the class of 2022, 100% of Cedarville students graduating from the ICC were either employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation, proving the excellence of the ICC education and high caliber of its students.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 5,082 undergraduate, graduate and high school dual-enrolled students in more than 175 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in industrial and innovative design, high graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement rankings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.