FROM READERS: Adobe program training event targets Columbia business community

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Melinda Wolverson is an IT Trainer for the Division of IT at MU. She is a group manager for the Mid-Missouri Multimedia Group.

Describe your organization or event. What is its purpose? What makes it special or unique?

Event information:

What: Training on Adobe programs for local business professionals

When: Wednesday, July 30, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt St.

Cost: Free, register in advance

More information: Eventbrite page, Creative Cloud events website

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The Columbia Adobe Group, also known as Mid-Missouri Multimedia User Group, is helping to organize a big Adobe event in Columbia called "Create Now." This free event is part of a tour going on all over the U.S. this summer, bringing in creative experts to train local business professionals on Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, Web design).

We've done similar events for Mizzou, but we've never done one with a local business focus, and it hasn't been free to the public.

Terry White, an Adobe Evangelist, will also be at the event to demo new features to Adobe programs and show how they work in a real-world setting. White has written several books, attends conferences and has done several videos teaching Adobe programs worldwide. He’s a big name in the creative industry, for photography and Adobe, and it is unusual for him to come to a town this small.

What is your relationship to the organization/event (staff, member, participant, fan, etc.), and how long have you been involved?

I've been involved with the group for a few years, but have recently become group manager. I've taught Adobe programs, like Photoshop, for almost seven years at Mizzou.

Describe why you chose to be involved, and why other people might also want to participate.

Learning programs like Photoshop can be difficult, especially if you are running a business at the same time. Keeping up with "what's new" can be even harder. This is a free event with education and no travel involved. I wish I had something like this when I got started.

There will be giveaways as well. Everyone who comes will get something, but the big drawing will be a free 12 month subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud (all their programs).

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