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Alexander Sheriff's SRT Truck Features Class Design Project

Students in Catawba Valley Community College’s Advanced Design Practice class recently had the opportunity to show off their talents…in a big way. Their project is so large, it’s a rolling billboard of sorts.

The design project this past spring semester of Danny Julian of Taylorsville, Angie Frye of Sherrills Ford, Virginia Barnhardt of Conover, Nick Garbato of Statesville and Jeff Delvechio of Newton is now featured on the Office of the Sheriff of Alexander County’s first ever Special Response Team truck.

Taught by Crys Roeder, the course challenges Advertising & Graphic Design associate degree students to solve complex design problems. In this case, the design “problem” was a 15’ panel truck designed to transport SRT members along with their equipment, including ballistic shields, weapons and other items needed to handle high risk situations.

Initially, students met with Detective Chad Pennell to gather input, just like they would with an actual client.  

“After Linda Graham at the Alexander Center for Education connected us with the students, we got together,” said Pennell. “They measured the vehicle and took photos. We gave input, they gave input, and we talked by phone with the students several times during the process.”

Functioning as a design team, the students developed a concept that highlights the seriousness of law enforcement using grays and blacks and law enforcement shield logos. Their approach also included a special request by Sheriff Bowman, a tongue-in-cheek thank you to the criminals that keep the Special Response Team in business: “Paid for by Alexander County drug dealers.”

“We were surprised at the outcome,” said Sheriff Brown. “Everything turned out better than we could imagine.”  

Student projects that involve solving real-world problems are not unusual at CVCC, according to Fine & Applied Arts Department Head Brian Morris.  “That’s one of the goals—and the beauty—of the community college experience: practical application of skills to everyday work situations. This was a perfect example of how designers and design teams work with clients, approach a project, set goals and achieve them.”
For more information about the Advertising & Graphic Design associate degree at CVCC and to view other student work, visit

Pictured with the finished product is (from left) Det. Mark St. Clair; Det. Chad Pennell; Sheriff Chris Bowman; Dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology John Enamait; Law Enforcement Training Director Ken Phillips; assistant to the director-Alexander Center for Education Carolyn Gilreath; and Alexander Center for Education Executive Director Linda Graham.


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