Chris Smith of Aitkin, a Central Lakes College student in Communication Art and Design (CAD), had his illustration chosen for a Lake County Journal essay called “The Whole Tooth” published in the March/April 2012 edition. He earned $50 for the effort, a collaboration between the magazine and the CLC program. Students were assigned the task to create the visual component for the essay by Kathy Schroeder that appears on page 18. The project fits a program objective: relevant, high-impact, effective communication. Smith said he discovered a passion for art after experiencing Photoshop and drawing programs, all part of the CAD toolbox aimed at graphic design careers for graduates. “I’m leaning toward being an illustrator and working with the arts side of things,” Chris said.