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Graphic Design and Animation

How to Create a Portfolio

Portfolios are increasingly being used by people, students and professionals alike, nowadays, because of their effectiveness in forming impressive first impressions. Most of the college students are being asked to prepare portfolios so that they could sum up their achievements in an effective format. It also helps them assess how well they have performed in the various projects which were assigned to them, and helps them hone and perfect their skills, while at it.

Portfolios offer a better and improved way, by which students can demonstrate everything they have learned and acquired during their college years. But the question that arises is how to make a strong and impressive portfolio. Besides a great resume, nothing will impress a potential employer than a brilliantly displayed portfolio. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Keep It Crisp

Making a portfolio, which is too lengthy, can cause the interviewer/ employer to get irritated; therefore, it is always recommended that your portfolio should not be too long. Try to showcase 10-15 samples of your work. This helps the potential employer understand the depth of your abilities, while calculating the skills you possess. Make sure to mention your core area of specialty, along with any other talent you possess.

Current Samples

Make sure that the samples you add in your portfolio are the latest. Keep updating your portfolio so that every time you apply for a job, your employer gets insight into your true potential. The general criteria for mentioning the samples, is that they should not be older than 3 years. Try to keep them as current as possible.

Organizing the Portfolio

Whenever you are making a portfolio make sure that it has been organized strategically. Look at the type of employer/ client you are trying to target and then organize your portfolio in such a way, which would grab his/ her attention, and seal the deal. Some clients prefer to look at how you can benefit their organization with your services and expertise. If you are entering the professional world, then it is best that you organize your portfolio by placing your most current projects at the beginning, and place older ones at the back.

Highlight Key Information

Make sure that you highlight the key information which you want your client/ employer to know. Either make it slightly larger or bold it so that it catches the eyes of the viewer. These highlights can make or break the interview and your chances of landing a job. You can even create a small label for each piece of information you wish to highlight, so that your prospective employer/ client get’s a general idea of your capabilities.

Make It Attractive

The major point which makes a good portfolio is its level of attractiveness. Remember that well organized samples, containing impressive yet small amounts of data, can make a portfolio impressive and eye catching. Make sure that your important pieces of documents/ pictures/ samples are protected. Cover them with plastic in order to ensure that they remain safe. Be specific with the information you provide.

Making a portfolio is not a difficult task, just make sure to follow the aforementioned tips, and you’ll end up with a striking portfolio.

Anthem Institute campuses in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania region offer a Graphic Design and Animation Diploma, if you’re looking to get into advertising, marketing or in film.  Check out

 

Information Technology Anthem College

Job Market Outlook for Information Technology

The Information Technology field is undoubtedly one of the most successful and is a constantly growing job sector. For individuals who are uncertain whether or not to pursue a career in Information Technology field or not, industry experts have highlighted it as one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the industry. With the introduction of new system software, database management systems, smart phone applications, etc., more and more companies are hiring qualified candidates who understand how to implement and run new software solutions.

IT Job Market Outlook

The Information Technology sector is predicted to experience a 2.19% annual employment growth, which is an estimated 26% increase in the total number of jobs in the sector from 2010 – 2020. There are certainly successful careers available in IT for those who qualify.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developers are predicted to enjoy a 30% increase in jobs, while Network and Computer Systems Administrators are expected to see a 28% growth in jobs. There is also a predicted 22% growth in jobs for Computer System Analysts, Computer Network Architects, and Web Developers. With the rise in demand for the latest database management software, ecommerce software, smart phone applications, and other networking tools, the demand for jobs in these areas is growing exponentially! Information Technology

The IT field has experienced growth for the past few decades, but the current trend of utilizing professionals for creating customized database systems and useful software to improve business performance has surged the job market. The increase in jobs has also opened up new areas of expertise and new areas for imaginative creations. The ability of technology to be customized and pivoted very quickly makes it one of the most reliable jobs one can land.

IT Job Prospects

With the highly advanced and sophisticated programs, databases, softwares, etc., it is essential for job prospects to stay well versed in current trends as well as master standard programming and encrypting languages. This technical expertise is what ultimately let’s an IT professional succeed in their field. The hottest technology skills abounding in the market today are cloud computing, virtualization, JavaScript, and CSS. Individuals who have mastered these skills in addition to other skills are set up for a successful career in IT.

If you are interested in a career in IT, reach out to the nearest Anthem College Campus to you. Our certified programs and outstanding faculty will help you succeed in the field of your choice!

Teaching adult students

Student Success Guide

What is Student Success?

I’m sure you all have your own ideas and opinions on this subject. Many may believe it’s the student that never misses class, studies every day, and graduates with a high GPA. But it can be as simple as grasping difficult concepts, being involved in student organizations or applying what you have learned in the real world. A successful student is one that realizes their journey is not over, they are continually impacting those around them. Here are some tips to help you achieve student success.

1.      Master Your Schedule.

There are 168 hours in a week. Make sure you know how you are spending your time. Prepare a weekly schedule, and keep up with it daily. If you find planners or agendas useless, use you smartphone. There are many time management apps you can download.

Great Time Management Apps:

  • Astrid Task/Todo list for Android Phones. With the Astrid Task App you will never miss a deadline, plus you will be able to automatic sync your tasks across your phone or Astrid.com.  Download for free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.timsu.astrid
  • My Class Schedule is another Android App Phone. Great App for keeping you up to date with your school work. The app is free with ads or you can purchase it for $1.31.
  • Inclass is an Iphone/Ipad App. With this app you are able to organize your schedule, share your notes, plus much more. To download click here http://www.inclassapp.com/

 2.      Go to Class

Showing up to class is the easiest task you can do. By attending class diligently you show your instructors you care. If you make the effort to show up and pay attention to the key topics being discussed, you definitely improve your chances for getting a good grade.  School is a pretty expensive commitment to not commit all the way.  If you are allowed to use your smartphone in class, use a note taking app or a note recording app.

Note Apps:

  • Evernote It’s a free app available to Android or Iphone smartphone users in conjunction with a desktop program. If you take a note using your phone (text, voice recording or snapshot) it will sync to both your online Evernote account and your PC.
  • Easy Voice Recorder is an Android App that lets you record your class lecture.

 3.      Improve your Study Strategy

Come up with a strategy that complements your schedule and learning style. There are many techniques you can employ to make studying less demanding and more effective. For example, you can use Mnemonics to help you memorize difficult material or flash cards to actively retain what you have memorized.

  • Mnemonics-” target=”_blank” We all remember from elementary school or junior high the order of planets by repeating these mnemonics, “My Very Eager Mother Just Served us Nine Pickles”, or “My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets.”
  • Example of an Anatomy Mnemonic- “A Peaceful Thoughtful Man” for Aortic, Pulmonary, Tricuspid, and Mitral.
  • Flash Cards-Are great for kinetic learners, the energy required to make them, plus the active engagement of reading them out load will help you retain the information at a faster pace. However, in order for flash cards to work they must be read out loud daily, at least seven days before your exam.
  • Flashcard Apps for Android-StudyDroid  is an easy to use flashcard application. You can make your own flashcards on your computer or you can browse the public flashcards at Studydroid. 

 4.      Join or Form a Study Group. 

Studying with other students will motivate you to keep up with your studying, plus,  it’s a great way to meet new people.  If you are going to form a study group make sure to limit the group to four to five students. Also select students that share your same dedication to studying and getting good grades.  Remember, “Two heads are better than one”.

5.      Join Campus Clubs/Organizations. 

The skills you learn from a club or organization can help you succeed in your classes too, plus it looks great on your resume. Being part of a club or organization is a great way to network, promote awareness and to force you to stay focus on your schoolwork.

Anthem Education is dedicated to helping our students achieve success. We are here to help you find yourself, by learning a new skill. Dr. Seuss said it best, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” If you are ready to read more, know more, and  learn more, visit http://www.anthem.edu.

We would love to help you find the program that’s right for you!

Allied Health Student Demonstrates Wisdom and Compassion

Nashville, TN,— An allied health student studying in the Medical Assistant program at Anthem Career College-Nashville demonstrated her courage and strength in an emergency situation.  The student Danielle-Allen Sawyers witnessed a car accident on April 18, 2012 where a vehicle ran a red light and struck a woman’s vehicle as she exited onto the road.

Danielle immediately pulled over and assisted the hurt woman by making sure she moved as little as possible, checked her vital signs and kept her calm until the ambulance arrived. While, waiting for the ambulance, Danielle attentively called the woman’s husband to relay his wife’s condition.

When the ambulance arrived to the scene of the accident, Danielle explained to the EMT’s the symptoms of a possible broken wrist and abdominal tenderness, which the woman had mentioned to Danielle.

Once the driver was in the good hands of the EMTs, Danielle went back to focusing on her day. That evening the driver’s husband called Danielle to express his gratitude for assisting his wife in such a dire situation.

Anthem College is always happy to read emails from our campuses, spotlighting Allied Health students who will one day become valuable assets to the medical world. Why not take Danielle’s example and join her in the world of real life superheroes.

If you want to be a part of a supportive community environment while earning a career focused diploma or degree, check out the Anthem Education family of schools and colleges. We offer a variety of programs across our 23 campuses, plus online options Anthem College online. Call us today at 1.866.381.6397 or visit our website http://www.anthem.edu/for more information regarding our Allied Health Programs.

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Anthem Institute-Las Vegas Graduate Succeeds with ATB and Second Chance

By Bob Cohen

Mitchell Daugherty, 22, grew up in Las Vegas. When his mother and stepfather moved out of state, Mitchell says, his life started to spin out of focus. He concentrated on riding his BMX bike in skateboard parks and let slide other important issues, like studying and going to school. He dropped out of high school, returned briefly, and was expelled after a dispute over a sweater.

Mitchell took odd jobs, followed by two solid years of unemployment and living with his grandmother.

“My grandmother is laid-back. She just let me do what I wanted,” Mitchell says. He began to party, losing more control over his life and future.

All that began to change when he met his future fiancé, Kristy, who had a county job and was enrolled in college.

“I found her on Facebook. We started talking and I began hanging out with her. It made me feel like a piece of […] that I had nothing going for me and she had everything,” Mitchell says.

Soon after meeting Kristy, Mitchell took the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test. The math portion was stressful, he admits, but he passed with “flying colors” and enrolled in Anthem Institute’s Medical Assistant program offered at its Las Vegas campus.

When he learned he was to become a father, “I really had to turn my life around. Ever since then it was a mission to get my GED, graduate, and get a job before my son was born. I did all of that.”

In fact, Mitchell achieved perfect attendance at Anthem Institute and compiled a 4.0 grade point average, earning him honors as class Valedictorian.

Now working as a Medical Assistant at a pain rehabilitation clinic, Mitchell says “I feel great. I feel very successful and proud of myself that I have a career started.” His work is “very interesting. I learn new things about the body, procedures, diagnoses, every day. Before Anthem, I never felt like the medical field was for me but once I did everything was natural.”

Purchasing a new home, raising a family, working a satisfying job, life has certainly changed for Mitchell Daugherty. The former higher school dropout says he will probably continue his education in the healthcare field once he knows the specific direction he would like to pursue. Looking back, he calls his Anthem education “very good, informative, very hands-on. I actually learned a lot.”

Much of the credit for Mitchell’s turnaround no doubt goes to his fiancé and her influence on his life. But the Ability to Benefit test also helped him gain a second chance at success. Should that be a chance that others should have too?  “Oh absolutely,” Mitchell says, “I know I needed it.”

Unfortunately, others in need of a second chance may not get it. Beginning July, 2012, federal funding for ATB students will end, the result of a decision by the US Congress.

Anthem Education is dedicated to giving people who do not have a high school diploma or GED a second chance. We will continue to offer the ATB program for as long as it remains funded. We also offer Anthem High School, an online high school that allows students to earn a high school diploma and a Professional Skills Development Certificate that teaches computer, life, and time management skills.

 

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Health Information Management & New Media are 2 Hot College Majors

In September, the U.S. News and World Report published a list of 9 Hot College Majors. According to writer Christopher Gearon, the majors on the list were developed in the last 5 to 10 years because of  new technology or business practices, or because the field has seen a recent increase in the demand for workers.

Anthem Education  schools and colleges offer career-focused training programs in a variety of fields. Two of the majors on the list correspond with programs offered at some of our schools: Health Information Management and Web & New Media Design.

Number 4: Health Information Management

“The need is huge for professionals who can help acquire, manage, and use information to improve health and manage payments.” 

Students can earn an associate degree in Health Information Management at Anthem College Online and Anthem College-Atlanta. The Atlanta campus also offers a Health Information Management Diploma. These programs prepare students to compete for entry-level positions in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, surgical centers, and related businesses.

At the Atlanta campus, students take clinical and administrative courses. Classes cover topics such as human body support and systems, medical terminology, billing and coding, and information technologies. Students must also participate in two externships before graduating.

The Health Information Management program at Anthem College Online provides flexible learning for busy students. One of the highlights of the program is a capstone course that uses a simulated medical office where students can practice their skills.

Number 8: New Media

“Colleges are offering a slew of variations under the New Media umbrella, combining traditional journalism or communications studies with digital media and design.”

Anthem Institute-Cherry Hill and Anthem Institute-Springfield recently rolled out a new Web & New Media Design program. The program is designed to give students the skills and knowledge they need to create attractive and effective websites.

In this program, students will get hands-on using industry-standard technologies to design and create websites and webpages. They will learn web scripting and database design for the web. They will also learn key skills for project planning, producing, and managing websites.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please visit the Anthem Education website or call us directly at 1.866.381.6397

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If You Have These Skills–Consider Web Design!

The best web and graphic designers have a solid set of skills that boost their technical and artistic talents. In fact, if you love art, drawing, and designing, you probably have other interests that can make you not just a good web or graphics designer (or both) but a really talented one!

Ben Hunt, a web and graphic design coach, lists ten skills these artists can use and improve upon to help them create even better products for the web. It’s not necessary to have all of these skills, but having even just a couple can help you become a more skilled designer.

Take a look at this summary of the skills Hunt recommends, and see if there are any you already enjoy and can build upon. They are not listed in any order of importance.

  1. Graphic design skills. Anthem Institute offers a program in Graphic Design & Animation at certain campuses that provides a background and then some for students who want to learn graphic and web design. Graphic design skills are the backbone for attractive websites. Anthem Institute teaches the industry standard skills you’ll  need to for graphic or web design. Our students become adept with Adobe Creative Suite, which used in both graphic and web design, and study digital print, animation, and other techniques used in these fields.
  2. Creative Graphics. This isn’t the same as fancy graphics and Flash-y tools, although these are certainly good to know for clients who like them! But simple designs work well, too. Hunt lists e-bay, Google, Wikipedia, and Craigslist as sites that have proven to be very popular even with basic designs.
  3. Typing. Web and graphic designers spend a lot of time on keyboards. Hunt recommends learning to touch-type.
  4. Self-Learning. Do you teach yourself how to use different tools on your computer and on the web? This is a great skill for both web and graphic designers to have. These fields are “a giant pile-on of visual design, technology, coding, human factors, all that jazz” Hunt says. “And the technology doesn’t stand still from one day so the next. That’s what makes it so frustrating – and so fun!” So if you’re a self-learner, you have a lot of useful skills right there.
  5. Listening. I work with  graphic and web designers who are really good listeners. (That’s why our site looks so good!) Hunt says listening skills will help you figure out what your client or boss wants to see in the site you’re developing or improving. Listening also means realizing what questions you need to ask the client.
  6. Circumspection. This is the ability to look at a problem from several points of view. You need to figure out who you want to visit your site—for example, students or their parents? Maybe instructors? Maybe all of them?
  7. HTML and CSS. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are important tools for creating websites. Not all graphic artists learn these but those who complete Anthem Institute’s Graphic Design & Animation program know them. If you have any familiarity with either of these, you’re already ahead of the game and marking up your own value.
  8. Writing and editorial skills. As a writer myself, I was interested to see this listed. Hunt points out that there are writing skills that just didn’t exist before there was a Web. But in today’s webby world, skills such as using keywords and search engine optimization (SEO) tools that make a site easier to find, might come naturally to writers and editors. Or they might need to be learned.
  9. SEO. Even if writing isn’t your thing, you can still boost SEO by focusing on branding, and that’s where a lot of design, graphics, and HTML/CSS skills can  help. A designer who thinks about the big picture will create a website that will be found and seen, and that is what SEO is all about.
  10. Business sense. Hunt is blunt. “Frankly, if you’re going to make a go of being a web designer, whether you’re self-employed, freelance, part of a small company or large corporation, you’ll benefit from knowing the basics of how business works, and how to make sensible guesses when faced with business choices.” Anthem Institute understands this. Each campus has a Career Services department that focuses on helping students find work after they finish their programs. Among the services are seminars and trainings on professional behavior and understanding the workplace. In addition, portfolio development is part of the GDA program, giving these students an additional business skill.

Graphic Design & Animation uses a lot of skills you might already have. Call Anthem Institute at 866.502.2627 or text “more” to 480-3828-EDU to find out more.

 

Cisco Networking Academy

Press Release: New Continuing Education Courses Offered at Anthem Institute-Parsippany

Parsippany, N.J., February 7, 2012Anthem Institute in Parsippany, N.J. recently introduced two new continuing education courses to complement professional development for network engineering and healthcare students and professionals.

  • Cisco Networking Academy has partnered with Anthem Institute to offer the Cisco® CCNA® Exploration program, which gives students a comprehensive overview of networking concepts. The CCNA Exploration curriculum is hands-on and features simulation activities that lets students develop skills and knowledge to work in networking-related programs. It also helps them prepare for CCNA certification and further degree training. The program is 280 hours long and taught over a six-month period.
  • BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to use on patients of all ages, as well as training to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and relieve a choking victim. The course follows American Heart Association guidelines on treating infants, children, and adults. It is taught over five hours on a single day. Students who successfully demonstrate proper CPR and clearing of airway obstructions will become CPR certified.

“We are excited to offer continuing education courses that complement two of our Diploma programs,” says Diane Gilles, Campus President for Anthem Institute-Parsippany. “These courses are excellent CEU opportunities for graduates of our CNS [Computer Networking & Security] and healthcare programs and other industry professionals.”

The first CCNA Exploration program begins March 26, 2012 and will last through September 26, 2012. The registration and payment deadline for each of the four, five-week courses is seven days before each start date. Future dates have not yet been announced. The BLS program will be held each day from February 22-25, 2012.

Call Anthem Institute at 973-630-4900 to register for either program or to request more information.

Anthem Institute offers additional healthcare training and education programs in Massage Therapy and Medical Assistant. Its other career-oriented programs train students for careers in Graphic Design & Animation and Medical Billing & Coding.

 

About Anthem Institute

Originally established in 1970, Anthem Institute-Parsippany is part of Anthem Education, a Phoenix, Arizona-based family of schools and colleges that provides career-focused training and education programs at 23 accredited institutions in 15 states as well as online. The Anthem Education family of schools includes Anthem College, Anthem College Online, Anthem Career College, Anthem Institute, Morrison University, and Anthem College – Bryman School. For more information, visit http://www.anthem.edu.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.anthem.edu/disclosures.

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Press Release: Anthem Institute Student Places Second in National Graphic Design Contest

Contact: Ken Rementer
For Anthem Institute
610‐338‐2357
krementer@anthem.edu

ANTHEM INSTITUTE STUDENT PLACES SECOND IN NATIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN CONTEST

Springfield, Penn., February 2, 2012―A Graphic Design student at Anthem Institute in Springfield, near Philadelphia, placed second in a national student poster contest.

Michael Fitzgerald’s poster commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) beat out more than 80 entrants in a “highly competitive competition,” the organization announced this week.

Michael Fitzgerald's 'Road to Transition'

“ACICS received submissions from talented students across the globe, utilizing different artistic styles and techniques that are taught in many of our schools’ art and design programs,” said Dr. Al Gray, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of ACICS. “Our Centennial marks an important milestone in accreditation history, and we are pleased to showcase the work of our talented design students.”

Fitzgerald, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, decided to study Graphic Design at Anthem Institute to further develop his technical training.

“I am so happy to see that Michael Fitzgerald placed in the Poster Competition. As this was a ‘holiday break’ project, I am especially proud to see the amount time he put into this project, despite a new job that often keeps him working until 1 a.m. and continuing to earn high marks in his courses,” says Anthony Profeta, one of Fitzgerald’s instructors.

Fitzgerald used Adobe® Photoshop® for the first time for his design, Profeta says. He first painted four separate and complex images, using a set of 48 markers to give a variety of colors. He then photographed and typeset them into Photoshop. He did not expect his poster, which focuses on education rather than ACICS’ landmark anniversary, to reach the top three rankings.

“Everyone in the class was focusing on the 100 years,” he says. “I wanted to show graduates looking into the future. Because once students graduate with a quality education, they can pretty much do anything they want.”

Anthem Institute recently launched a new diploma program in Web & New Media Design. The program teaches students the technical and design skills needed to create attractive and engaging websites for businesses, nonprofit groups, and other organizations.

About Anthem Institute-Springfield

Originally established in 1988, Anthem Institute-Springfield is part of Anthem Education, a Phoenix, Arizona-based family of schools and colleges that provides career-focused training and education programs at 23 accredited institutions in 15 states as well as online. The Anthem Education family of schools includes Anthem College, Anthem College Online, Anthem Career College, Anthem Institute, Morrison University, and Anthem College – Bryman School. For more information, visit http://www.anthem.edu.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.anthem.edu/disclosures.

About the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Founded in 1912, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is one of the most respected and longest established national accreditors of academic institutions in the United States. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACICS accredits more than 800 private post-secondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, as well as institution offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational degrees. For more information, please visit www.acics.org.

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Anthem Institute Student Wins 2nd Place in ACICS Poster Competition

This year, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is celebrating 100 years of excellence in education. As part of the celebration, they invited students of ACICS-accredited schools to submit designs for a Centennial poster. Sixteen Anthem Education campuses are accredited by the ACICS.

Out of the 80 entries that were submitted from students at schools across the United States, we are very proud to announce that Michael Fitzgerald, a Graphic Design* student at Anthem Institute-Springfield, was named the 2nd place winner of the competition.

Michael’s design was titled: Road to Transition. In describing his design to ACICS, Fitzgerald said, “Everyone in the class was focusing on the 100 years, but I thought the quality education part was more important. I wanted to show graduates looking into the future. I left the right-top of the picture blank, because you don’t know what is out there.”

2nd Place: Mike Fitzgerald

Michael is currently working towards his Diploma in Graphic Design at Anthem Institute in Springfield, PA. So far, he’s learned about typography, fundamentals of design, foundation and drawing, color theory, and taken computer courses. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, where he studied brand design.

The benefit Michael sees in Anthem Institute is the technical training and working closely with instructors.  “I like the school a lot. When I compare regular college versus technical school, I feel I get a lot more one-on-one input with the teacher here,” he tells ACICS. “The effort that I put into the poster reflects the effort that the teachers put into teaching. It was nice to work with my teacher, Ken Rementer, who also is an accomplished graphic designer, and to apply graphics to the poster and learn from him. He gave me compliments and instructions on how I could make things better.”

Graphic Design instructor Anthony Profeta also had the pleasure of working with Michael and seeing his progress. “I am so happy to see that Michael Fitzgerald placed in the Poster Competition,” he said. “As this was a “holiday break” project I am especially proud to see the amount time that he put into this project, despite a new job (often working until 1am) and the ongoing GD course load where he continues to earn high marks.”

“I’d like to say that I am surprised,” he continued, “but as his instructor I have come to expect this kind of dedication from Mike. His projects are often comprised of several pages of full notes and sketches detailing his thoughts and research. He has continually set the bar high for himself and inspires his classmates to do the same. His good nature and sense of humor provide a balance to his intense marker and pencil work recognized by this award, and I feel that it will continue to aid him as a design professional entering the marketplace.”

Michael is looking forward to completing his diploma program and becoming a graduate like the ones in his poster – looking off into a wide open future. “If I can work in a job that I love, to draw and create things for people, I couldn’t be happier,” he says. “There are plenty of opportunities. Once you graduate with a quality education, you can pretty much do anything you want. The future is a blank piece of paper.”

Please join us in congratulating Michael on his outstanding achievement!

*Anthem Institute-Springfield recently launched a new diploma program in Web & New Media Design. The program will teach students the technical and design skills needed to create attractive and engaging websites for businesses, nonprofit groups, and other organizations. Please visit the program page on our website for more information.