Adam Higdon - Certificates and Badges

Adam Higdon enrolled in North Park University and Theological Seminary in Chicago not long after he got out of the Army. When he graduated Cum Laude in 1998 he received a degree in Psychology. He says that he is a lifetime student and is always trying to improve himself, for reasons of both expanded marketability and personal development. He is currently working toward a Masters of Liberal Arts in Management from Harvard University, and expects to receive that degree in 2016.

He has also completed independent courses and earned professional certificates from the Higher School of Economics, Stanford, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Cornell. Certificates and badges have become increasingly common and popular in recent years. Busy adults like Adam Higdon, who seek to broaden their professional credentials but don't always have enough time to complete another four year curriculum, find them a more efficient way to improve their résumés.

Certificates and badges are a way of highlighting those skills that might not show up on traditional skill verification documents. They are more narrowly focused on specific skills, such as Javascript or web design, or in the case of Adam Higdon, on E-Commerce and E-Business. Proponents say that in time, employers will place less emphasis on traditional diplomas and give equal weight to certificates and badges that demonstrate an ability in the specific skills that the employer is actually looking for in a job applicant.

Before he enrolled at North Park University, Adam Higdon enlisted in the United States Army and was a member of the elite 3/9th Infantry Battalion (Manchus) in Fort Ord California. He transitioned to Fort Lewis Washington in 1992 to join the 2/75th Ranger Battalion. He is currently working for Adobe Systems, Inc.

Adobe Systems, Incorporated - Recent History

Adobe Systems, Incorporated was founded by Charles Geschke and John Warnock in 1982. Their first product, PostScript, was a computer language for developing vector graphics. Although PostScript was eventually outplayed by Apple’s TrueType, the product spawned a company that would change digital media forever. Adobe launched Photoshop in 1989, a digital photo editing program developed for Apple’s Macintosh computer. Photoshop was the first program of its kind that allowed its customers full functionality on its first iteration, providing users with unparalleled control of digital images. Like never before, users could edit their digital photos any way they saw fit. Now used by millions of people worldwide, Photoshop has changed how many of us consume digital media.

After Photoshop entered the market with a splash in 1989, Adobe went to work on its next huge software, Adobe Acrobat and Reader, a program designed to read Adobe’s new file type, Portable Document Format (PDF). Now used by individuals and businesses all over the world, PDFs quickly became the standard mode of file transmission over the Internet. The company became wildly successful as more people across the world began to utilize PDFs more frequently. As its stock price grew, Adobe had earned itself a place forever in the technology world and the digital media industry.

Adam Higdon works for Adobe as the Director of Media Optimization, working with many different companies throughout the Midwest developing digital media solutions for businesses to use throughout their organizations. Higdon says he believes in Adobe’s products and looks forward to implementing them at different businesses.

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