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IUPUI’s technical communication bachelor's degree students use Adobe industry-leading software

April 9, 2015

The first cohort of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis students with a bachelor’s in technical communication, which graduates this spring, will be better prepared for jobs in their field thanks to a partnership between the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and Adobe.

 Adobe provided the Adobe Technical Communication Suite software free for students in the school’s new Bachelor of Science degree program in technical communication, which began in 2013.

 The Adobe software allows users to author, manage and publish interactive technical documents using several programs, including Adobe FrameMaker and RoboHelp. Both are important programs used in the field that the students would not have had access to through any other means.

 “It is critical for students to learn how to use the software available in the Adobe Technical Communication Suite because many companies expect employees to have experience using this specific software in technical fields,” said Corinne Renguette, assistant professor of technical communication and director of the technical communication program. “Students are more likely to be hired if they have learned to use the Adobe Technical Communication Suite.”

Without the partnership, the program would have been unable to provide students with Adobe software. “Adobe’s donation is truly a gift to the students,” Renguette said.

“We are very excited about our association with IUPUI and are happy to provide free software to the students,” said Kapil Verma, group marketing and product manager, Adobe Technical Communications, Adobe Systems. "The students now have access to cutting-edge Adobe technical communication tools such as FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Captivate, Presenter, Illustrator and Acrobat. We hope that with this, students will be able to put into practice what they have been learning as part of their curriculum. We hope that the hands-on exposure they will gain to these tools will prepare them well for the professional challenges that lie ahead."

 The new degree program and the Adobe technical software enable students to take advantage of the growing demand for individuals to communicate complex technical information effectively to a variety of audiences and users. Technical communicators use technology to create user manuals, online help, websites, training materials and specifications, among other technical communication products.

 Some of the career options for technical communicators include technical writer/communicator, usability specialist, web designer, content developer and technical trainer.

About the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI:

The mission of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is to be one of the best urban university leaders in the disciplines of engineering and technology recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The school’s goal is to provide students an education that will give them the leverage to be leaders in their communities, industry and society.