The International Academy of Design & Technology-Seattle Announces Four New Advisory Board Members

December 2, 2008

Seattle, (December 2, 2008) - The International Academy of Design & Technology in Seattle (Academy - Seattle ) announced today four new appointments to its Advisory Board. The new committee members will join the 2008 – 2009 board in an advisory capacity to the Academy's faculty and administrators. The board provides the Academy with information to keep its programs industry-current and provide student and faculty significant networking opportunities and advises them of industry related changes. The Academy regularly forms committees made up of industry professionals that volunteer to serve as program specific technical advisors.

"These committees are extremely important to help us stay informed of the needs and trends in the industries related to our program offerings" said Sharice Giacomini Academy– Seattle President. "We are very grateful for the valuable information we receive from our advisory board, which enables us to foster academic excellence and provide a competitive advantage for our graduates."

Matt Rodgers – Game Design & Development. Rodgers is a game producer at Real Networks, Inc. and creates casual games for both the PC and the Mac. Matt has released two games this year, YAHTZEE Texas Hold'em and CLUE Classic, and is currently producing several unannounced titles. Matt graduated from the University of Maryland and the Digipen Institute of Technology with degrees in computer science. He began his career as a game tester, working on several titles at Nintendo and Microsoft, and then became a software engineer at WildTangent, Inc.

Lorena Heesen – Interior Design. Heesen's seventeen years of professional experience encompasses a broad range of design projects and project management. She is an entrepreneur, and is one of four principals in her own architectural & engineering firm, Arculus Design & Technical Services. As an interior designer, she works on a variety of commercial projects that are typically municipal and involve tenant improvements. Her Arculus team recently completed a residential project for Habitat for Humanity. She recently added LEED certification to her qualifications, and will soon be doing her first LEED project.

Brynn Hannon – Graphic Design. Hannon is a creative consultant with sm art dept. inc., a boutique creative and marketing talent agency that has offices in Seattle and Chicago. She works with advertising agencies, design firms and in-house marketing departments throughout the Puget Sound area to staff and source creative professionals for freelance jobs and permanent staff positions.

Jennifer Svenson – Fashion. Svenson has extensive experience as both a designer and a manager in the fashion industry. She has been a costume designer, a costumer and a costume shop manager of a wide range of theatrical companies including the Opera Memphis, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the San Francisco Opera. She has also been the manager of Elsie Katz Couture Fashion Studio, which specializes in red carpet and couture fashion. She also teaches all technical aspects of fashion design including garment construction, draping and pattern making.

About The International Academy of Design & Technology – Seattle
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. At the Academy, students are part of an energetic community that shares ideas, solves problems, and finds new ways to approach career training today and in the future. While enrolled at the Academy, each student is given an opportunity to grow vocationally, intellectually and professionally.

The Seattle campus, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Digital Media Production, Fashion Merchandising and Game Design & Development. Both credential levels are not available for all programs. The International Academy of Design & Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. The Academy is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information on the Academy- Seattle, call 206.575.1865 or visit