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I'm working on a project to design visual guides concerning the buying and storing of food for resettled refugees in the Pittsburgh area.

I'm working on a project to design visual guides concerning the buying and storing of food for resettled refugees in the Pittsburgh area.

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Adria commented on Sponsored By (Updated 12/15/15)

Love the idea. This already happens (in a way) at Carnegie Mellon University. There are classes where the main purpose is for companies/organizations to come in with an issue and in return, they would donate to the school or pay a fee (at least I think so-- as a student, I didn't know the entire deal) and give the students a budget to work with. The class itself would ensure that the project gets done, is high quality, and provides support/lessons as needed. It was a great way to easily get realistic client experience.
My concerns are: most colleges/universities don't have a price per course system-- even with part time students. It seems extremely complicated to implement that new and have students worry about paying for each course. It could result in some students taking one or two courses per semester and never getting their degree, students might not be able to "overload" course credits and graduate early, and generally creating complexities just for the sake of it. Maybe there is an alternative? What if the money they would pay went into scholarship funds that the school organizes? Or if the companies went to high schools with these issues and paid the students then? Its essential to consider when students will be getting the funds and how it works with the payment system on a larger scale.
Another concern is that you are marketing this as a way to get jobs after they graduate and that just isn't true. It may help, but the job market is fickle and it is very unlikely that any company is comfortable enough hiring large amounts of students for as much as four years down the road. Smaller ones don't even budget that far ahead. Engineers and Computer Scientists are probably the only exception anyone is willing to make.
While this idea would work well for current students, I don't know how motivating it would be for high school students who can't see that far yet. There is a lot of potential-- the idea just needs to be reworked a bit.

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Adria commented on Visual Guides for Resettled Refugees [UPDATED 5/31]

Great, thank you! Let me know if you have any other thoughts!

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Adria commented on Visual Guides for Resettled Refugees [UPDATED 5/31]

Hi Hossein, I just added a platform to my idea for community leaders to share and personalize their visual guides-- building off of your comment. I would love to hear what you think!