Butler is first Kansas college designated Adobe Creative Campus
Digital Literacy, technology into students’ hands is Butler goal via Adobe partnership, laptop initiative
“We are preparing students to thrive in a digital economy.”
Butler Community College faculty and staff have heard those words more than once from Dr. Tom Nevill since he joined the college’s leadership team in July as the new vice president of academics.
During the September Board of Trustees meeting two initiatives were approved that put these words into action creating firsts for Butler Community College and for Kansas.
ADOBE CREATIVE CAMPUS
Butler is the first college in Kansas and only the 50th institution in the world to be an Adobe Creative Campus. Coming soon every Butler student, faculty and staff member will have access to more than 60 individual software platforms. It gives students access to technology many would not otherwise have, and it provides access from their personal devices from anywhere in the world. Exposure to and experience with these programs will feed the creative ideas of people across Butler’s entire organization and feed the workforce with employees who are fluent with digital technology.
LAPTOP INITIATIVE PROGRAM
Butler is also launching a Laptop Initiative program for students enrolled in at least nine credit hours. Three thousand brand-new Lenovo laptops have been ordered and for a $150 registration into the laptop program students receive a laptop. The laptop becomes their personal device. Butler doesn’t want it back. In partnership with Ribbit Computers in Wichita, an extended three-year service agreement comes with the laptop at no additional charge. To qualify for the program, students must plan to remain a student at Butler for three fall and spring semesters in order to avoid a termination fee.
“We are focused on enhancing the workforce for south central Kansas and we are committed to the success of our students,” said Nevill. “By putting technology into their hands in the form of actual devices and incredible access to multiple software platforms as well as training, we believe we are best serving our students and preparing them for a modern digital economy. The world consumes content, and the world needs people capable of creating quality, impactful and well-purposed content. That’s what Butler students will be able to do.”
Both initiatives launch this October.