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Students Get a Jump Start on Future Careers

Noah Nettleton considers himself a potential triple threat when he earns his degree in graphic degree from the University of Georgia.

A fourth year student from McDonough, Nettleton plans to specialize in web design, logo development and branding in his future career.

And to get a jump start on the tools necessary for those specialties, Nettleton has been using — an online training program that offers about 1,500 videos on the latest software, and design and business skills.

Beyond his classroom assignments, Nettleton has been using to learn more about the Adobe Creative Suite — which includes Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. He has especially focused on Dreamweaver, a web design program.

“Even people back home have been asking if I’m learning this in class, and I’m like, ‘Nah. I’m learning this stuff out of class — trying to get a head start,’” he said.

For Julie Spivey, an associate professor of graphic design at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, that’s what she prefers her students to do.

With, Spivey has been assigning her students to learn the basic technology skills of design software outside of the classroom. That way, she can focus on teaching students the fundamentals of design in the classroom.

“I can just do a real brief introduction and move forward,” she said.

Another one of Spivey’s students, Brandon Myers, has also found exceptionally helpful. Prior to using, Myers said he often turned to internet searches to find resources — which typically resulted in low-quality videos.

“ really goes through each step,” Myers said. “But it’s helpful to also jump ahead when I need it.”

Myers takes advantage of exercise files available on, which accompany some courses to allow viewers to work alongside the lessons.

Thanks to, Spivey said her students are preparing for their future graphic design careers by learning about new techniques, software, various available media and projects.

“Our field is very dynamic,” she said. “It’s constantly evolving. You’ve got to stay on top of the technology.”

Now, all UGA students, faculty and staff have free access to by visiting and using their University myID.

Other popular courses on include those on MySQL, Microsoft Excel and JavaScript. Courses are taught by industry experts and may be viewed by segments from just a few seconds at a time to several minutes.

Those with access to may watch its online tutorials 24/7 from a PC, laptop or mobile device — including iPhones, iPads and those phones with Android operating systems. also offers an iOS app.

As part of a collaboration with the University’s Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS), Human Resources, and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), all UGA students, faculty and staff will have free access to 2013, there will be other enhancements to online training and learning at the University.

Visit the Learning and Training section of our website for more information about all of the online training resources available through EITS.