Project CANDLE is a partnership to Create an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education. It is a collaboration between Penn State University, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust, and lighting industry partners. Some activities include: travel awards that expose students to career opportunities in lighting and encourage interaction between students and professionals; the mentorship of a future lighting educator through the IALD Future Lighting Educator Fellowship; an annual Lighting Industry Advisory Group (LIAG) Roundtable; and outreach to high school students.
Project CANDLE was initiated to meet the growing demand for lighting professionals. Those involved share a common passion for light and lighting, and a desire to share that enthusiasm with college and high school students. Project CANDLE aspires to increase the number of people that choose to make lighting their profession and ensure that the collegiate experience prepares graduates with the right set of attitudes, skills, and abilities for careers in the lighting professions.