ACC is now an Adobe Creative Campus. What does that mean? Well, for one, it means that students in many of our more “creative” programs get low-cost access to the Adobe Creative Suite. And for another, it means that students, staff, and faculty will be able to explore and develop their skills in using Photoshop, Spark, Lightroom, Illustrator, and more.
We live in a digital age. We are here to help our students learn skills, develop habits of thinking, and hone abilities that will foster their success in this digital age, not just in their first job after college but in their next job, and the next job after that. And while you and I aren’t active college students, we nonetheless believe in continual learning – otherwise why else work at a community college? So we, too, need to develop or hone our digital and creative skills, and becoming an Adobe Creative Campus presents that opportunity to all of us.
What do employers say they need in the entering workforce? Here’s one source with answers. And here’s another. And here’s a third (just for fun). Here’s a list out of Australia. Here’s a perspective from the World Economic Forum based on LinkedIn data.
In general, each survey shows similar needs year after year.
- Communication skills.
- Willingness to learn.
- Intercultural fluency.
- Thinking skills/problem-solving.
- Ability to work collaboratively.
- Leadership skills.
- Digital fluency.
- Creativity and innovation.
The work that occurred here at ACC to become an Adobe Creative Campus was motivated by our role in helping our students achieve their goals. To learn more about this Adobe Creative Campus initiative and how you can develop your own digital fluency and creativity, visit this link. There’s also a launch event on May 21 from 10:00 to 11:30 in the Board Room (room 201) at Highland Business Center, so feel free to stop by.
Join me in celebrating our achievement as the first community college to become an Adobe Creative Campus. Take advantage. And start creating!