By Tamas Mondovics
East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development and Department of Media and Communication (MDCM) was pleased to announce the start of spring courses and testing leading to professional certification in Adobe Creative Cloud
programs this month.
According to ETSU officials, MDCM has positioned itself as a thought leader in digital literacy, curriculum design and experiential learning since 2011, when the department started integrating Adobe Creative Cloud software directly into the curriculum.
“Adobe Creative Cloud is the industry standard for multimedia production ad design software,” said Dr. Anthony Mitchell of ETSU’s Department of Media and Communication.
Beginning in March, opportunities for the public to earn the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) credential in one or more Creative Cloud programs, which include Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign will be available.
In a recent release officials said that the ACA credential is the industry-recognized indicator of technical proficiency and expertise in multimedia production and software.
“The ACA credential is recognized by Fortune 500 companies as the indicator of technical proficiencies and expertise in that suite of products,” Mitchell said,
adding that educators, creative professionals, businesses, nonprofits, and anyone that does any kind of digital design, marketing, advertising, PR, video production, photography, etc., will benefit from ACA certification.
The one-day intensive, workshop-style courses are taught by ACA-certified
industry professionals and are delivered on-ground on Fridays from 2-6:30 p.m. in room 419 of Warf-Pickel Hall on the ETSU campus.
Participants have the option to take the certification exam at the end of the day on Friday or return to complete it the following morning on Saturday.
The first course on March 8 leads to ACA certification in Premiere Pro, the second on March 15 to certification in Photoshop and the third on March 22 to
certification in InDesign.
Additional courses are listed online at www.etsu.edu/cas/mcom.
The $425 course fee includes instruction, print and digital materials, practice exam, certification exam, option for one exam retake, and the ACA certificate itself upon successful completion of the exam.
“To be competitive in the global, digital marketplace, professionals must stay up-to-date on the tools used by industry leaders,” Mitchell said. “We provide the opportunity for people in our region to access to these courses at an affordable price, and offer a unique value proposition since the program is delivered by ETSU.”
To register or for more information, call Professional Development at 1-800-222-3878 or visit www.etsu.edu/professionaldevelopment.
For disability accommodations, call the ETSU
Office of Disability Services at