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Paradigm and JIST Designers Earn 2013 American Graphic Design Awards

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (October 8, 2013)
Paradigm Education Solutions and JIST Publishing, both divisions of New Mountain Learning, recently announced that two of their design and production specialists won 2013 American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA). Jaana Bykonich won for her cover design of Paradigm’s textbook Computerized Accounting with Sage 50® 2013. Valerie King was also awarded for her design of the new JIST Publishing logo, which launched this spring.

GDUSA hosts several design contests each year, but the American Graphic Design Awards are renowned as its biggest and broadest competition. According to GDUSA, the competition is open to everyone in the design community, including advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporations, associations, universities, government, publishers and more. GDUSA also announced that for the eighth straight year, more than 8,000 entries arrived from across the country and only a highly selective 15 percent were recognized with a Certificate of Excellence.

Timothy Larson, director of Paradigm and JIST production, said, “I am proud of Jaana Bykonich and Valerie King for their receipt of the 2013 American Graphic Design Awards. The awards are testament to their talent, creativity and expertise. Valerie and Jaana have good reason to be proud of this recognition.”

About Paradigm Education Solutions

Paradigm Education Solutions is one of the nation’s leading post-secondary publishers of print and digital learning solutions in computer technology, health careers, accounting and business technology. Paradigm is committed to providing educators with the solutions needed to build and deliver a successful course and preparing students for success in the classroom, at work and in life. Visit for more information.

About JIST Publishing

JIST Publishing is renowned as America’s Career Publisher. For more than 30 years, JIST’s products have helped millions of people plan their education and career, find jobs and succeed in the world of work. JIST’s award-winning materials cover essential topics, such as job search, career exploration, occupational information, job retention, college preparation and life skills. Visit for more information.


Selena Dehne-Hicks
Product Manager
Paradigm Education Solutions