Cohoes senior earns multiple Adobe certifications at Capital Region BOCES

CHS senior Kierra Blair-LeakA Cohoes High School senior is now a certified Adobe expert.

BOCES Career and Technical School student Kierra Blair-Leak-Cohoes has earned four professional certifications, showcasing her expertise in the Adobe programs. Blair-Leak has earned Adobe Graphic Design and Illustration, Visual Communication and Photoshop SC6, Print Design and Media Publishing and Visual Design certifications during her two years of studies in the Internet Application Design program at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School.

“It makes me feel like I can accomplish anything I want because some of the tests were pretty hard,” she said.

“Adobe certification signifies an expertise that colleges often award credits for and is used on resumes to get jobs,” said teacher Barb Gorbaty. To earn the Adobe certification a person must demonstrate professional-level skills and expertise.

Blair-Leak entered the program with a desire to become a graphic designer. While it’s no reflection on the program, Blair-Leak said she has since determined a career in medicine is more her desire and she is attending Hartwick College next year for pre-medicine biology.

“Some of the skills I have learned here, though, will definitely help me in college,” she said.

Students in the two-year Internet Application Design program learn professional skills in industry standard software while developing a working knowledge of design theory and practice. They also engage in the same project planning and execution processes that are consistent with industry practice and demonstrated their technical abilities through the Adobe Certified Expert program.

Adobe certifications are some of the dozens of certifications Capital Region BOCES students can earn in their various programs.

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