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Butler Officially Becomes Adobe’s 50th global Creative Campus

Dr. Tom Nevill, vice president of academics, holds up an Adobe Creative Campus certificate.
Published: Thursday, November 18th, 2021

CreativeFEST celebrates creativity, digital literacy for all Butler students, faculty, staff

CreativeFEST was held Wednesday, November 17 in celebration of Butler Community College’s addition to the Adobe Creative Campus family. Butler is the 50th institution in the world, and the first and only Kansas college to be designated an Adobe Creative Campus. The Adobe Creative Campus program spotlights leading colleges and universities that recognize the value of teaching digital literacy in higher education.

Providing Adobe Creative Cloud at no additional cost for all Butler students saves students the cost of the annual subscription rates. That’s the first benefit.  

“But a Creative Campus goes beyond access,” said Dr. Thomas Nevill, Butler’s vice president of academics. “It leans into the learning.”

“As an Adobe Creative Campus, we’re part of a select group of colleges and universities actively advancing digital literacy skills throughout our curricula to give our students an edge in the competitive, modern workplace,” added Nevill.

Butler's efforts will include growing the knowledge base of staff and faculty too. The traditional creative areas like 3D digital media, and radio and TV programs at Butler have been using Adobe for years. The goal now is to expand the application of these creative tools across all disciplines.

“Adobe and Butler Community College are committed to providing students of all majors with the tools that are foundational to building their creative skill sets and ultimately, becoming digitally literate,” said Todd Taylor, Pedagogical Evangelist for Adobe. “Greater access to Adobe Creative Cloud enables Butler to expand its innovative teaching practices and seamlessly nurture creative problem solving among students to ensure that they are prepared both inside and outside of the classroom.”

CreativeFEST included student demonstrations from academic programs such as digital media, interactive and 3D digital technology, web development, and student radio KBTL. Eric Rowse, Senior Solutions Consultant with Adobe also provided virtual training on Adobe Spark and Adobe Rush so Butler students anywhere in the world could access the training. In January, Butler faculty will hold their own CreativeFEST in El Dorado to further learn Adobe tools and classroom usage as faculty teach faculty.