Missouri University of Science and Technology is continuing its partnership with Adobe Systems Inc. to give students and faculty in the technical communication program hands-on access to Adobe’s industry-standard software. This partnership is made possible through Adobe’s University Outreach Program, which offers licenses for Adobe Technical Communication Suite to students and faculty in technical communication programs.
The partnership between Missouri S&T and Adobe Systems Inc. began in early 2015, and has allowed students enrolled in technical communication courses to gain practical experience in the use of the same software that they are likely to encounter in the workplace.
“The Adobe Tech Com Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite are essential tools in the training of future technical communicators,” says Dr. Ed Malone, professor of English and technical communication.
“In a time when higher education course costs are spiraling out of control, Adobe’s generosity for Missouri S&T’s students has been invaluable,” says Dr. Dan Reardon, associate professor of English and technical communication at Missouri S&T. “The English and technical communication courses now have stronger, real-world assignments that enhance student learning and better prepare them for a variety of communications careers, while keeping overall student course costs low.”
S&T students have completed several projects for university departments and non-profit agencies during the past few years with help from Adobe software. Reardon’s students report they appreciate the experience they gain with industry-standard software.
“Having access to the Adobe Creative Cloud through school ensures that I’m getting experience with software that professionals use in industry,” says Rudi Starek, and undergraduate technical communication student at Missouri S&T. “Being able to explore a variety of Adobe products while in school means that I can boost my resume and really sell myself to potential employers. It also helps me achieve quality designs to use in class and for student organizations.”
Priyanka Ganguly, a graduate student in technical communication at Missouri S&T, says she appreciates how user-friendly Adobe products are.
“Adobe is literally my favorite software to work with. I especially love Adobe Acrobat Pro, which offers so many useful features like editing, highlighting, signing, merging and converting documents,” she says. “It is hands down the best and the easiest PDF viewer and editor I have used so far. I have recently also started to explore Adobe Spark, and it is great for my many creative endeavors. I attach a lot of learning value with Adobe products, and I hope to utilize them in the future as well.”
Missouri S&T offers bachelor of science and master of science degrees in technical communication, as well as both undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. For more information, visit english.mst.edu/academicprograms/technicalcommunication.