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Intro to Digital Design Technologies looks at how to be safe, successful in the digital world

January 10, 2017

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Today, digital knowledge and know-how are keys to personal security and professional success. In CMAP 1860 - Introduction to Digital Technologies, students will learn the basic digital literacy skills needed to navigate current software and digital platforms, and to develop documents and layouts for digital media and digital visual communication. The three-credit class is offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. and also online.

See the complete Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes for details.

CMAP 1860 will also touch on ethical issues, awareness and responsibilities related to digital document design, and to literacy in generalized digital design software tools and uses. Hands-on activities and case studies will prepare students for advanced courses in the Digital Design Technology Certificate program.

A prior computer literacy course, such as COSC 1200, is recommended but not required for students enrolling in CMAP 1860. The evening class is a hybrid course that will also include some online components.

The 20-credit Digital Design Technology Certificate introduces students to the fundamentals of digital content creation. Students gain an understanding of today’s digital world and learn the skills necessary to function safely, efficiently and professionally within that environment. Content knowledge areas include: digital document design; digital image development and editing; Web design and development; and digital motion content.

This certificate complements many other disciplines, from business, art and communication to engineering and science. By adding this certificate program to their major course of study, students can gain an edge in their academic work and in the competitive job market. Upon completion of the required Digital Design Technology coursework, students should be well-versed in current industrial-standard digital design technologies and applications.

For more information about CMAP 1860 or the Digital Design Technologies Certificate, contact Assistant Professor of Business Information Systems/Computer Science Jennifer Allen at For registration assistance, contact Mustang Central at (307) 382-1661 or email

Western’s Children’s Center offers affordable evening child care, supported by Sweetwater BOCES, for students who attend evening classes. To learn more, contact Children’s Center Director Susie Rawlings at (307) 382-1669 or at


For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181