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Internet Speeds Springfield Development Prospects

July 16, 2013 in Community Development, Makers by Jen

Fellows Gear Shaper building, built in 1896, now features state of the art fiber optic internet

Fellows Gear Shaper building, built in 1896, now features state of the art fiber optic internet

We have been extolling the connections Springfield has to emerging tech fields and the huge potential of this area to tap into the rich history of innovation.

Today, Bernie Sanders released two articles related to Springfield and technological advances that will help spur economic development in this area.

The first focuses on the availability of ‘Ultra Fast Internet’ and it’s potential impact on the region.

An excerpt from Bernie Sanders:

Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds Give Springfield a Boost Share

This July 15, 2013 Bob Flint, the executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corp., is hoping to persuade people from out of state to move their businesses to Springfield, Vt. The lure: ultra-fast Internet speeds that are on par with the world’s fastest connections. Springfield was a national manufacturing center for the tool and die industry.

In recent decades, with the industry in decline, thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs left the city. Now, an infusion of federal stimulus funds has brought some of the fastest Internet connections anywhere in the world to the Springfield area. The ultra-fast connections are generating enthusiasm for the economic rebirth of the region. “I‘m from here. I grew up here. I was here when things were going strong,” Flint said. “I care about this town. I believe in it. It’s a frequently-asked question down here: We were the machine tool capital of the world, what are we going to be?” Thanks to the federally-funded project, an answer to that question is emerging.

The state-of-the-art fiber optic service being rolled out boasts speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second— something unmatched in the United States except by a pilot project by Google in Kansas City. That’s 100 times faster than the average Internet speeds commonly available now. The ultra-fast Internet speed offers the power to dramatically change how we think about education, health care, and business. The super-fast connections will provide Vermonters with better health care, educational opportunities, and the opportunities to build businesses and create jobs. Aside from Springfield, its 13 neighboring towns — Saxons River, Chester, North Springfield, Grafton, Bridgewater, Cuttingsville, Wallingford, Hartland, Killington, Pawlet, Danby, Mt. Holly, Middletown Springs – will be equipped with state of the art connections. Through a separate federal stimulus award, Waitsfield, Vt., will also be equipped with bolstered broadband connections. “Springfield is an example of how a federal, state, local and private partnership can significantly upgrade our infrastructure. The goal now is to use this resource to attract business and create good-paying jobs,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said. “Vermont may be on the verge of reaping enormous dividends from this historic investment in our future.”

[Read the rest of the story at Bernie Sanders' site]

The second article released by Sander’s today delves into the specific implications for access to information, particularly the opportunities for libraries, schools, and health centers.

It’s an exciting time in Springfield and we are looking forward to what develops next.

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Tech Students Become Adobe Certified

July 11, 2013 in Community Development, Makers, Youth & Education by Jen

Multi-media and visual communication skills are important for web applications and technology development. Visual communication is a multi-disciplinary field encompassing graphic design, illustration, fine arts (like drawing and painting), and photography.

A global leader in multi-media development is Adobe, offering some of the most used tools for digital marketing and digital media services. With $4.4 billion in sales in 2012, their place in the evolution of online and digital services is almost certain. If you look, you are likely to see their products in websites, smartphones, tablets, televisions, and more.

As such, it’s probably safe to say that having skills and experience using Adobe products could prove valuable to those seeking careers in related fields. Having certification, along with a well-rounded portfolio, is even better, especially as you begin a new career.

This month, three RVTC students have taken steps to ensure they stand out from the crowd by becoming Adobe Certified Associates.

  • Alex DeWitt earned certification in Photoshop CS6
  • Wayna Zhang Manning earned certification in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • Jordan D. Plaisted earned certification in Photoshop CS6 and Dreamweaver CS6
RVTC Tech Essential Students earn Adobe Certifications

RVTC students Alex DeWitt, Wayna Zhang Manning, Jordan Plaisted

About Adobe Certified Associate certification

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification indicates proficiency in Adobe digital communications tools.  Having  Nationally Recognized Industry Credentials can help students stand out in the job market, providing a clear way to demonstrate proficiency.

Adobe conducted research to identify the foundational skills students need to effectively communicate using digital media tools. Based on feedback from educators, design professionals, businesses, and educational institutions around the world, the objectives cover entry-level skill expectations for visual communication.

Following are the specific objectives and skills required to pass the certifications, from the website:

Adobe Visual Communication using Photoshop CS6 objectives

Setting Project Requirements
  1. Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing image(s).
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of standard copyright rules for images and image use.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities.
  4. Communicate with others (such as peers and clients) about design plans.
Identifying Design Elements When Preparing Images
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of image resolution, image size, and image file format for web, video, and print.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of design principles, elements, and image composition.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of typography.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of color correction using Photoshop CS6.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of image-generating devices, their resulting image types, and how to access resulting images in Photoshop.
  6. Understand key terminology of digital images.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
  1. Identify elements of the Photoshop CS6 user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of layers and masks.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of importing, exporting, organizing, and saving.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of producing and reusing images.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and select the appropriate features and options required to implement a color management workflow.
Manipulating Images by Using Adobe Photoshop CS6
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of working with selections.
  2. Use Photoshop guides and rulers.
  3. Transform images.
  4. Adjust or correct the tonal range, color, or distortions of an image.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of retouching and blending images.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of type.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of filters.
Publishing Digital Images by Using Adobe Photoshop CS6
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of preparing images for web, print, and video.

Adobe Web Communication using Dreamweaver CS6 objectives

Setting Project Requirements
  1. Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for a website.
  2. Identify web page content that is relevant to the website purpose and appropriate for the target audience.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of standard copyright rules (related terms, obtaining permission, and citing copyrighted material).
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of website accessibility standards that address the needs of people with visual and motor impairments.
  5. Make website development decisions based on your analysis and interpretation of design specifications.
  6. Understand project management tasks and responsibilities.
Planning Site Design and Page Layout
  1. Demonstrate general and Dreamweaver-specific knowledge of best practices for designing a website, such as maintaining consistency, separating content from design, using standard fonts, and utilizing visual hierarchy.
  2. Produce website designs that work equally well on various operating systems, browser versions/configurations, and devices.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of page layout design concepts and principles.
  4. Identify basic principles of website usability, readability, and accessibility.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of flowcharts, storyboards, and wireframes to create web pages and a site map (site index) that maintain the planned website hierarchy.
  6. Communicate with others (such as peers and clients) about design plans.
Understanding the Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Interface
  1. Identify elements of the Dreamweaver interface.
  2. Use the Insert bar.
  3. Use the Property inspector.
  4. Use the Assets panel.
  5. Use the Files panel.
  6. Customize the workspace.
Adding Content by Using Dreamweaver CS6
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Hypertext Markup Language.
  2. Define a Dreamweaver site.
  3. Create, title, name, and save a web page.
  4. Add text to a web page.
  5. Insert images and apply alternative text on a web page.
  6. Link web content, using hyperlinks, e-mail links, and named anchors.
  7. Include video and sound in a web page.
  8. Add animation and interactivity to content.
  9. Insert navigation bars, rollover images, and buttons created in a drawing program on a web page.
  10. Build image maps.
  11. Import tabular data to a web page.
  12. Import and display a Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel document to a web page.
  13. Create forms.
Organizing Content by Using Dreamweaver CS6
  1. Set and modify document properties.
  2. Organize web page layout with relative and absolutely positioned div tags and CSS styles.
  3. Modify text and text properties.
  4. Modify images and image properties.
  5. Create web page templates.
  6. Use basic HTML tags to set up an HTML document, format text, add links, create tables, and build ordered and unordered lists.
  7. Add head content to make a web page visible to search engines.
  8. Use CSS to implement a reusable design.
Evaluating and Maintaining a Site by Using Dreamweaver CS6
  • Conduct technical tests.
  • Identify techniques for basic usability tests.
  • Identify methods for collecting site feedback.
  • Manage assets, links, and files for a site.
  • Publish and update site files to a remove server.

There is still space available to  local students entering 10th – 12th grade who want to learn skills in Website Development, Photoshop, Animation, and Game Development. Contact RVTC to learn more.