News and Updates

Product Changes: August 2021

New Course Updates for August

We are pleased to announce that we are launching two new courses and revising a bundle in the ed2go catalog in August and retiring several older courses. Keep reading for more information on each new course offering and other changes.   


New  Courses

Winning RFP Responses  

Course Code pwr | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 | LAUNCH DATE August 312021 | Fundamentals 

Winning RFP Responses  

Course Code T14291 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 | LAUNCH DATE August 312021 | Fundamentals 


New Bundle

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Suite     

Course Code B14294 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $199 | LAUNCH DATE August 10, 2021 | Fundamentals 


Course Retirements

ITIL Capability Expert 

Course Code GES349 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $2,095 RETIREMENT DATE September 28, 2021 | Advanced Career Training

ITIL Capability Expert with Voucher 

Course Code GES351 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,395 | RETIREMENT DATE September 28, 2021 | Advanced Career Training 

ITIL Lifecycle Expert 

Course Code GES350 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $2,095 | RETIREMENT DATE September 28, 2021 | Advanced Career Training

ITIL Lifecycle Expert (Vouchers Included)

Course Code GES352 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,395 | RETIREMENT DATE September 28, 2021 | Advanced Career Training 

These 4 ITIL programs will retire on 9/28/21 due to the Certifying Body Exam Retirement on 12/31/21.  After 12/31/21, students in these courses will not be prepared to take the exam.  All current students should take the exam by 12/31/21. 

Technical Writing 

Course Code GES217 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $1,795 | RETIREMENT DATE January 11, 2022 | Advanced Career Training

A new product to replace GES217 will launch later this year before the retirement date.  The course content aligns with the CPTC Foundation certification. It offers students access to new and improved content and a more substantial course experience with increased hours (80 to 125).  Please process all students by the discontinuation date, 1/11/22. 

Technical Writing Manager

Course Code GES2085 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,995 | RETIREMENT DATE October 26, 2021 | Advanced Career Training 

A new product to replace GES2085 will launch later this October, a few weeks before the current course is retired.  The Technical Writing section of the course aligns with the CPTC Foundation certification. It offers students access to new and improved content and a more substantial course experience with increased hours. The new course ‘on-task hours’ will change from 440 to 485 hours. Please process all students by the discontinuation date, 10/26/22. 

 

Introduction to MS Publisher 2010 

Course Code mp0 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $149 | RETIREMENT DATE January 23, 2022 | Fundamentals

Introduction to MS Publisher 2013

Course Code pb3 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $149 | RETIREMENT DATE January 23, 2022 | Fundamentals

These MS Publisher courses are being retired as they feature older technology that is not commonly used anymore.  


Course Maintenance

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (Exam Cost Included)

Course Code GES276 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $295 | Advanced Career Training 

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and Green Belt (Exam Cost Included)

Course Code GES2062 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $1695 | Advanced Career Training

Due to popular demand, our Lean Six Sigma vendor has made the decision to keep the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and Bundle of Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belt courses at the original hours.  These courses, which were retired on 5/27/21, are now live again in the catalog.  There will be no changes to cost or hours. 


What Partners Need to Do

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add these courses manually in the Online Administration Center. Active students in retiring courses won’t be affected and can complete their courses. Pending students need to be active by the removal date.    

If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up,contact your Account Manager. 

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Comprehensive Certification Training for Aspiring Pharmacy Technicians

 

Female pharmacist or pharmacy technician

 

Health care continues to be one of the fastest-growing sectors, and pharmacy tech is a profession in top demand. Many states require pharmacy technician certification, so there is a huge opportunity for training providers to offer a pharmacy technician certification course. 

What Is a Pharmacy Technician? 

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers. They interact with patients to collect information, fill a prescription, and answer questions. They prepare and package medications for distribution to patients under the supervision of a pharmacist. In most states, pharmacy technicians can compound or mix some medications. They can also operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders. 

There is also a lot of clerical work involved. For instance, pharmacy technicians take inventory and order supplies and medications. They encode patient information along with their prescriptions into a database. 

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and grocery stores. Other work environments are research labs, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance firms. 

Job Outlook and Salary 

With an aging population and increasing rates of chronic diseases, there is a growing need for prescription medications. As pharmacists perform more patient care work like administering flu shots, pharmacy technicians take on more tasks previously done by pharmacists. 

Demand  

There is a steadily growing demand for pharmacy technicians. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) expects the pharmacy technician job market to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. A JobRx report projects a higher growth rate of 7% between 2018 and 2028. 

Most states require pharmacy technicians to be trained and certified. As such, the demand for a pharmacy technician certification course continues to be strong. 

Salary 

According to the BLS, pharmacy technicians earn a median annual wage of $35,100 as of May 2020. Hospitals tend to pay more, with a median salary of $39,290. The highest 10% earned more than $50,430. 

Pharmacy Technician Certification 

Many states regulate pharmacy technicians. They usually require technicians to take formal education or training programs. Even where it is not required, undergoing a pharmacy technician course could make it easier to secure a job. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) offers certification, primarily the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) designation. Applicants must complete a pharmacy technician course in the USA, for example, ed2go’s PTCB-accredited pharmacy technician course with an exam voucher included, or equivalent work experience, and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®). 

Offering Pharmacy Technician Courses  

ed2go has two online courses that allow partners to take advantage of the growing demand for pharmacy technicians.  

Our introductory course, “Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician,” gives an overview of the pharmacy industry and the profession of a pharmacy technician. This is a good short foundational course for those considering entering this profession but who are not yet ready to fully commit.  

For those who want to take the PTCE, our Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training is a leading online course for pharmacy technicians. It is an accredited online pharmacy technician course and a registered pharmacy technician course by the PTCB. 

The pharmacy technician course includes an introduction to pharmacy and pharmacy law and ethics, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacology, communication skills and billing, and lab practice. It is 400-course hours that can be completed in 12 months. Our pharmacy technician prep course will help applicants get a passing score on the PTCB exam.  

An exam voucher is included in the course fee.  Also, part of our Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training course is an option to perform a 100-hour clinical externship to gain experience.  

With a comprehensive curriculum, PTCB accreditation, online on-demand delivery, and clinical externship, our Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training equips aspiring pharmacy technicians to pass the exam and get real-world training to boost their chances of getting hired in this in-demand field.  

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ACT Course Student Survey Reinforces the Need for A Strong SEO Plan 

ACT Course Student Survey Reinforces the Need for A Strong SEO Plan

ed2go surveyed over 8,000 Advanced Career Training (ACT) students who recently completed their courses. Part of the survey focused on how students found the courses they took. What was their search journey? The results reinforced that most students found their courses using organic searches. Some notable questions and results were:

How did you find your program? 

  • 44% of students found their programs searching online
  • 27% searching via their local school’s website
  • 28% from a referral from a person they trust or have experience with this brand

What features matter most to course shoppers? 

  • All-inclusive pricing (books, exam voucher included)
  • 100% online program
  • Brand/credibility of the provider offering the program
  • Length of the course
  • Course price

Next Steps 

Students’ responses all point back to the strong SEO solutions deployed by many of ed2go’s Partners and the promotion of course features. We have worked with numerous Partners through our Partner Page SEO initiative to take this information and help elevate their online continuing education presence. Reach out now to your Account Manager on how ed2go can help grow your enrollments.

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Joining the Ranks of Army CA-Approved Vendors

Female Soldier

Benefits of Offering Army CA Credentials at Your Institution  

Our needs as a society are changing, and the landscape of career education continues to change along with it. People continue to pursue four-year and two-year college degrees but are often looking for a faster way to advance in their careers or upskill to qualify for new careers.  

According to a recent reportfrom Strada Education Network, key findings showed that certificates and certifications boosted employability and earnings premiums for veterans without degrees. To this end, the military has recently started the Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program. The Army CA program offers funding for Soldiers to pursue additional credentials both within their time in service and as they transition into civilian careers. As Partners, you have a chance to create new opportunities for Soldiers while expanding your enrollments. 

What is the Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program? 

The Army CA program provides Active Duty, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard Soldiers an opportunity to pursue technical and industry-recognized professional credentials, completely online, with funding from the military. It is a voluntary program that provides financial assistance for off-duty training to pursue and earn credentials. Some popular choices are information technology (IT), cybersecurity, project management, and medical billing and coding. According to the U.S. Army, credentialing assistance keeps the Army competitive with its counterparts in the civilian community and develops a Soldier’s skills.  The program is a result of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. At that time, it began offering Army credentialing assistance in pilot programs at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Those pilots are now well-established, helping the Army live up to its goal of contributing to Total Army readiness. The Army says the program also helps retain quality Soldiers and prepare them for meaningful employment when they transition from service in the military.  

Take Advantage of a New Funding Opportunity 

An increase in credentialing strengthens the military as well as the broader community. Improved qualifications help combat veterans’ unemployment levels when they leave the service. The Army will fund up to $4,000 to qualifying soldiers per fiscal year to increase their skills, credentials, and professionalism. This funding covers various educational needs like fees, textbooks, materials, training, study guides, textbooks, and the cost of certification exams. With those tools, you have another group of interested students you can serve at your institution.  

Increase Enrollments 

Due to the growing need for educational alternatives among Soldiers, you can enter a newer, untapped market that can provide renewable annual enrollments. Soldiers seeking additional credentialing, both within their military occupation specialty (MOS) and outside of it, have quite a bit to draw them to the Army CA program. Tuition assistance makes education more accessible; the hybrid nature of online coursework with on-the-job training is especially valuable to military members, including those with dependents they are supporting through their service. Also, they can study at their own pace while deployed from anywhere and work around their schedule.  

Your institution can add to its enrollment by taking advantage of the flexible, online instruction in the Army CA program through offering coursework as an ed2go Partner. We can guide you through the process of becoming an Army CA-approved vendor and choosing the courses most likely to attract military members using the Army credentialing assistance option. 

Unlock New Opportunities as an Army CA-Approved Partner 

Getting an Army credential through the Army CA program creates an opportunity for military members to improve their educational qualifications both during military service and when transitioning out of service—even part-time online.  

As previously mentioned, the Army CA program covers up to $4,000 per fiscal year to pursue professional certification and credentials. That additional funding helps you, an ed2go Partner, offer more coursework and increase your student enrollments.  

To learn more about how ed2go Partners can help you become an Army CAapproved vendor, please see the flyer,  ARMY CA PROVIDES RENEWABLE ANNUAL ENROLLMENTS.  Students receive a certificate of course completion through their selected school and a certificate through the certifying body after passing their course exam. You can also view our recent Army CA Webinar, on the ed2go Partner site for additional information. 

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Army Credentialing Assistance (Army CA)

New: ed2g0 Partner Army CA Flyer

ARMY CA PROVIDES RENEWABLE ANNUAL ENROLLMENTS

The Army is moving toward a more holistic approach in Soldiers’ personal and professional development throughout their Army career. Credentialed Soldiers strengthen both the Army and the greater community; therefore, funding is available for approved credentialing programs. 

Become an Army CA – Approved Partner

Offer fully funded courses and credentials to local, national, and even international Soldiers for in-demand careers. Additionally, you can provide credentials for Soldiers to enhance skills and professionalism while serving or transitioning to civilian life. Army CA is a newer program with an untapped market and can provide renewable annual enrollments. 

Army CA Provides Renewable Annual Enrollments

Want to learn more?

Contact your Account Manager: ed2go.cc/connect

 

 

 

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Student Success Stories

New: Student Success Story Series

Constant changes in the workplace and an aging population has created a skills gap in today’s workforce. As demand for adult education and training continues rapidly growing, the market for non-credit continuing education will further outpace demand for credit-bearing higher education. Our courses are designed to meet the needs of diverse communities by equipping students with relevant, transferable workplace skills.

Read real life examples of how ed2go courses provide both students and our Partners flexible education solutions to accommodate everyday busy lives.  

Student Success Story: Courses That Strengthen Student Employability

Student Success Story: ed2go Online Courses Offer Students a Unique Balance Between Work, School, and Family

Student Success Story: Career Building Courses To Fit Any Schedule

Student Success Story: Fitting Professional Education Into a Busy Schedule 

Student Success Story: Courses For the Next Step In your Career

 

 

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Product Changes: June 2021

New Courses in June

We are pleased to announce that we have added several new courses and bundles to the ed2go catalog in June. Keep reading for more information on each new course offering and other changes.   


New  Courses

COVID Readiness for Servers and Waitstaff  
Course Code GES618 |SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $595LAUNCH DATE JUNE 22, 2021 | Advanced Career Training

Certified COVID Hospitality Compliance Officer (CHCO)   
Course Code GES619 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $1,995 LAUNCH DATE JUNE 22, 2021 | Advanced Career Training 

Certified Destination Wedding Planner 
Course Code GES620 |SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $1,595LAUNCH DATE JUNE 22, 2021 | Advanced Career Training 

Certified Model Know How  
Course Code GES621 |SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $1,995LAUNCH DATE JUNE 22, 2021 | Advanced Career Training 


New Bundles

Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks Online with Payroll Practice and Management (Voucher Included)    
Course Code GES2050 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRIICE $3,595 LAUNCH DATE JUNE 1, 2021 | Advanced Career Training  

Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks Online with Payroll Practice and Management    
Course Code GES2049 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRIICE $3,495 | LAUNCH DATE JUNE 1, 2021 | Advanced Career Training  

Certified Supply Chain Professional + Freight Broker/Agent Training      
Course Code GES446 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,795 | LAUNCH DATE JUNE 82021 | Advanced Career Training   


Retired Courses 

Advanced PC Security 
Course Code HCK | Retirement Date October 1, 2021 | Fundamentals

This course is being retired due to outdated content and low enrollment.  There are currently no replacement courses.  Students enrolled in the course now will be taught out until October 1, 2021.  September 28, 2021 is the last session date for new enrollments.


Medical Billing and Coding Retirement Reminder

The following Medical and Billing ACT course variations will be discontinued from the catalog as of June 30, 2021.  Action: Pending students must be active in courses by discontinuation date or moved to the replacement course.  Replacement courses for those retiring are live.  

  • CBCS Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included) | Course Code GES124
  • CCCA Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included) | Course Code GES184
  • CPC Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included) | Course Code GES145
  • CBCS Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Vouchers Included) | Course Code GES149
  • CCA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Vouchers Included) | Course Code GES185
  • CPC Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Vouchers Included) | Course Code GES148

Replace Medical Billing & Coding Courses with Medical Billing & Coding (Voucher Included) | Course Code GES1014 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $2,995 

Replace Medical Billing & Coding with Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Courses with Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Vouchers Included) | Course Code GES1015 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,495 


What Partners Need to Do

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add these courses manually in the Online Administration Center. Active students in retiring courses won’t be affected and can complete their courses. Pending students need to be active by the removal date.    

If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up,contact your Account Manager. 

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Product Changes: May 2021

New Courses in May 

We are pleased to announce that we have added several new and updated courses to the ed2go catalog in May. Keep reading for more information on each new course offering and other changes.   


New Courses

Medical Billing Specialist (Voucher Included)
Course Code GES1019 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2,495 | LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 27, 2021

Introduction to Machine Learning (Self-Paced Tutorial)
Course Code T14287 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 | LAUNCH DATE MAY 3, 2021, Fundamentals 

Introduction to Machine Learning Course
Code ima |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 4, 2021, Fundamentals 


Revised Courses 

Introduction to C++ Programming
Course Code cab |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 25, 2021, Fundamentals

Introduction to C++ Programming (Self-Paced Tutorial)
Course Code T9636 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 25, 2021,
Fundamentals 

Graphic Design with Photoshop (Software Included)
Course Code GES518 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $2,195 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 27, 2021,
ACT 

Graphic Design with Photoshop
Course Code GES516 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $1,995 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 27, 2021,
ACT 

QuickBooks Bundles Updating 

Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018 with Payroll Practice and Management (Software Included)
Course Code GES2026 | Suggested Retail Price $3,595  

Optical Manager, Veterinary Office Manager & Dental Office Manager will be updated to include QuickBooks Online, Course Code GES2046, May 28, 2021, replacing the desktop version.  Bundle codes will remain the same.   

  • Optical Manager | Course Code GES175 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,995  
  • Veterinary Office Manager| Course Code GES179 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,995 
  • Dental Office Manager |  Course Code GES176 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE, $3,995 

Retired Courses 

ACT:  GES3032: EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) ACT
Action: retirement, Effective date 6/8/21 
EC-Council is retiring this course and discontinuing the exam.  They will replace it this summer with a new and improved course called Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT), which will be uploaded into our catalog at that time.  Active students must finish their program and sit for the certification exam by December 2021

GES277: Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2017
Action: retirement, Effective date 6/25/21
Replace with the newest live version of the course, GES2046 – Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks Online Course Code GES2046, SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $2,195 


What Partners Need to Do

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add these courses manually in the Online Administration Center. Active students in retiring courses won’t be affected and can complete their courses. Pending students need to be active by the removal date.    

If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up,contact your Account Manager. 

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Industry Insights: Careers in Medical Billing

Medical billers play an important role in the healthcare system as hospitals and other medical facilities rely on prompt billing practices to ensure a healthy flow of revenue for the continued care of patients.  

When beginning a career in medical billing, not only will students enter a growing healthcare field, but also starting a job that patients, physicians, insurance providers, and other healthcare workers can’t succeed without. Curious? Here’s what students need to know:  

What is the difference between medical billing and medical coding? 

While the terms medical billing and coding are often used synonymously, medical billers and medical coders actually perform very different roles. Medical coders are the people who gather information on patient records and assign the proper codes for patient diagnoses which are then used by medical billers. Medical billers are responsible for submitting patient records once the appropriate codes have been assigned to government agencies and insurance companies. Their work ensures that payment is received for services that have been provided in the care of a patient. Our new Medical Billing Specialist course offers valuable training in legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are central to this field, including HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance, fraud and abuse in medical billing, and third-party payer guidelines. Students will also understand all phases of the revenue cycle, including patient registration, charge capture, medical coding, claim submission, data analytics, payer reimbursement, patient billing, and collection practices to prepare them for a rewarding healthcare career. 

Are there jobs for medical billers?  

According to Burning Glass, there were nearly 30,000 jobs posted nationwide for medical billers in the last year. Even more qualified medical billers will be needed soon as a 13.5 percent growth in employment is expected in this field during the next 10 years, according to Burning Glass Technologies.  

What kind of education is needed to become a medical biller?  

For a career in medical billing, one will first need to obtain a high school diploma or GED. Students will then need to enroll in a program that will provide them with valuable professional training and experience with medical billing to increase the prospects of landing a job. Our new Medical Billing Specialist course provides students with the necessary hands-on experience and real-world examples they need to have comprehensive, up-to-date training in medical billing that can set them apart from other candidates. Like our course, many certificate programs can be completed entirely online in one year or less, allowing students to begin working in an externship or similar situation to gain experience as soon as they complete their coursework.  

Do students need an industry certification?  

While students will most likely need professional training to enter a career as a medical biller, certification is not always required. However, certification shows potential employers that they have a commitment to professional success and possess in-depth knowledge of the standards used in the industry. Earning a recognized medical billing certification like the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) or Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) may also help students earn a higher salary and be more competitive in the job market.  

What kind of salary do medical billers earn?  

Burning Glass reports that the annual median salary for medical billers is $32,172. However, according to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) 2019 Salary Survey, medical billers who have earned the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) certification have an average annual salary of $55,078.  

How does someone get started in this career field?  

The Medical Billing Specialist course from ed2go will allow your students to gain the training they need entirely online in a self-paced format. They will even prepare for the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and a voucher for the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam is included with their course. 

This course is different from ed2go’s other medical billing and coding training courses because it is laser-focused on a career in medical billing without excess information on medical coding. Instead, students will learn from scenario-based content, including interactivities and hands-on practice with claims and coding, which will better prepare them for success in their new career. Students will even receive access to an optional “How to Find a Job in Medical Billing” lesson as well as an Externship Starter Kit that can help them find an externship in their area and gain valuable on-the-job experience as well as potential employment. 

Upon completing our course, students will be fully prepared to work on a health information management team, auditing records, compiling reports for patient tracking, and coordinating the systems that keep our healthcare facilities operating. 

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add the new Medical Billing Specialist course manually in the Online Administration Center.  If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up or would like to learn more, contact your Account Manager

 

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The Importance of Hands-On Photoshop Experience for Graphic Designers

How students of all backgrounds can benefit from our redesigned course 

We have redesigned our Graphic Design with Photoshop course to better train beginner graphic design students from all types of creative and non-creative backgrounds who are looking to expand their understanding of graphic design tools, concepts, and terminologyThis includes helping students build a portfolio of projects and skills they can implement in the real world.  

Demand for skilled graphic designers is rising 

The need for innovativeprofessionally designed interactive media keeps growing, which means the demand for qualified graphic designers will continue to rise. In fact, Burning Glass Technologies reports that 37,630 jobs for graphic designers were posted within the last 12 months, and 40 percent of those jobs required applicants to have minimum of 0-2 years of experience. It also projects a 4.2 percent growth in the profession over the next 10 years. Due to this robust growth, education that can provide people with the confidence and skills to enter this in-demand field is desperately needed 

Graphic Designer median salary, $53,380

The Graphic Design with Photoshop course from ed2go was developed a few years ago to provide beginning and aspiring graphic designers with the skills they need to enter a new career. However, we felt that our course could use some revamping to offer more hands-on, interactive learning that students could apply in the real world—no matter their career field 

Previously, the course focused on creating marketing materials using Photoshop. Its learning path started by teaching students how to interact with clients and contained one lesson on design fundamentals. A typical lesson had eight hours of textbook reading with about one hour of online course content. Many of the projects taught in the course would typically be completed in InDesign or Illustrator in the real world, not Photoshop, and we felt that the 200-hour program length was unnecessarily long. Overall it was a good course for students to get their feet wet in the world of graphic design, but we felt it could be improved. 

We have made some big changes…for the better 

We now teach graphic design fundamentals bolstered by hands-on projects using Photoshop CC in each lesson of the Graphic Design with Photoshop course. The redesigned learning path will introduce students to Photoshop CC and graphic design fundamentals at the beginning of the course. Graphic design fundamentals are then reiterated as lessons progress and reinforced in each project-based lesson assignment. 

The course contains all new Screencast videos illustrating how to use Photoshop tools and create visual elements—replacing videos that were once voice-over PowerPoints. It also includes two key lessons to help boost soft skills needed for employment and guides students through building their professional portfolio using Adobe Behancea web-based site for showcasing and sharing creative work. This all combines to further give students the tools they need to be able to begin a successful career in graphic design or apply what they learned in their current career after completing the course.  

Additional changes we have made:  

  • Program hours have been reduced from 200hours down to 130hours 
  • Reliance on textbooks has been reduced by strategically replacing reading with key narrative content  
  • Lessons have been authored so the main concepts are introduced in the online portion of the course 
  • Readings are now assigned to help reinforce conceptual learning 
  • More projects have been added that will give students practice with assignments they are likely to see in the real world 
  • Graphic design concepts are taught starting with fundamentals and are reinforced throughout the course 
  • The use of rich media and video has been increased to make the course more compelling 

When will this course be available?  

The new and improved Graphic Design with Photoshop course will be available on May 27, 2021. Contact your Account Manager to learn more or to add this course to your catalog today.  

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