Delaware Technical Community College visual communications students recently worked with Kent County Tourism to provide photographs for the nonprofit organization to use in its new branding initiative, “Delaware’s Quaint Villages — At Your Own Pace.”

The photos will be used at, which plays a role in helping the tourism group spotlight and showcase the 13 communities that make up Kent County and share what those communities have to offer visitors to the area.

The project was part of an applied practice course that provides students the opportunity to work directly with real-world clients on relevant projects. Students who worked with Kent County Tourism were Jordan Ball, Dayanara Bullock, Jack Herbert, Vanessa Castillant, Heather Garrity, Kaitlin Jasinski, Zachary Merson, Victoria Nazareqycz and Bijou Schaeffer.

The course prepares students for the realities of working with a client in the creative design technology profession as a freelance photographer, graphic designer or web developer, said Patti Bishop, the college’s visual communications department chair.

To have a project be considered for inclusion in the applied practice course, clients fill out an application that includes a project overview, outlines of their vision and what the project entails. Applications are then reviewed and discussed by a committee. Bishop notes that ideal clients are nonprofits or small start-ups with a recurring event.