Inspire Oakland is Oakland Digital’s workforce development program that provides professional development for community college and state-level students pursuing a career in the competitive graphic design job market. Each year, we ask graphic design students to create a billboard design that conveys the question, “What about your city inspires you?” The collection of Inspire designs our students produce each year represent the rich diversity, history, and resiliency of our community. Three talented students will see their design featured on commercial billboards throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, receive paid internship opportunities, and learn the career-related tools needed to find appropriate employment.
Laney College is the largest of the four colleges of the Peralta Community College District which serves northern Alameda County. Located in the heart of vibrant, multicultural downtown Oakland, Laney features the cosmopolitan atmosphere and human energy of a big-city university. Across the street from the Oakland Museum of California, blocks from historic Chinatown, and a pleasant stroll from both Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary, Laney gives its 20,000-plus students ready access to the city’s formidable intellectual, cultural, and natural resources. With renowned programs in such fields as Journalism, Culinary Arts, Mathematics, Machine Technology, and Ethnic Studies, Laney has been a leader in academic and vocational education for decades. A talented faculty and dedicated staff, not to mention a new state-of-the-art technology center, ensure that Laney will remain at the forefront of Information Age community education for years to come.