Mariela Abreu

Tampa, FL

A fresh approach to a fresh career

Mariela Abreu was working as a professional designer but she felt that a lack of credential was holding her back. She wanted to complete her education. With two kids and a full-time job, however, a traditional program seemed impossible. Her solution: An Associate Degree in Graphic Design at Sessions College.

Mariela graduated with a 3.92 GPA, a strong final portfolio, and the confidence to advance in her career. As an already experienced professional, Mariela contends that her degree gave her a chance not only to update her skills but also to refresh her approach to her field of work.

Since graduating in December 2014, Mariela has gained a new position as the Lead Production Designer at Masonite International. The position will allow her to combine her experience in printing with layout and digital design skills. She will take the lead role in creating, producing, and managing print-ready creative material, and designing and deploying digital assets.

"Completing my degree at Sessions College upgraded my skills, gave me a more solid foundation, and also gave me the confidence to push on and advance my career. I can say in the last two years I have really grown as a professional designer."