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Villa Maria College will establish a digital photography and imaging program with a $48,345 grant from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Sister Marcella Marie Garus, the college's president, has announced.

The college also will use the grant money to purchase such related equipment as a plotter able to print documents up to three feet wide; seven digital cameras; a film scanner, and state-of-the art computers.

"This equipment is the next generation of technology that will revolutionize the areas of photography and graphic design," Sister Marcella said.

"We are committed to providing our students with the training and tools that mirror what they will find in the modern day workplace upon graduation."

Natalie Moudgil, vice president for academic affairs at the college, and Laura Snyder, photography program coordinator, will oversee development of the digital photography curriculum.

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