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Alumni Spotlight: How Touro College GST Gave Chava Drummond The Skills Necessary to Become a Design Professor & Freelance Designer September 13, 2013

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Alumni Spotlight: How Touro  College GST Gave Chava Drummond The Skills Necessary to Become a Design Professor & Freelance Designer , Manhattan, New York

Alumni of the Touro College Graduate School of Technology have access in a world of career options as a result of the school’s three cutting-edge continuing education programs: Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Instructional Technology, and Master of Arts in Web & Multimedia Design.

As the Fall 2013 semester approaches, Touro College puts the spotlight on three successful alumni in the hopes of inspiring this year’s new class of graduate students. This week, learn about how alumna Chava Drummond, a graduate of the newly established Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design program, applied the lessons learned at Touro College to become both an adjunct design professor and freelance designer.

  • Tell us about your experience at Touro College.
    While attending Touro’s Desktop Publishing program as an undergraduate student, a classmate asked me to tutor her in Web design and I discovered a love for teaching. After graduation, my former professors encouraged me to pursue a Master of Arts degree in the newly established Web and Multimedia Design program at the Graduate School of Technology (GST). I greatly enjoyed Web design, and the degree would allow me to teach at the college level while increasing my knowledge. Shortly before graduation in 2012, I was invited to join the adjunct faculty team of a community college out of town and Touro graciously arranged for me to present my thesis early.”
  • How did Touro College prepare you for your career?“Not only did GST allow me to fulfill my college teaching dreams more quickly, but I also consider myself a better teacher from having been a student there. I have utilized my old textbooks in preparing lectures, and many past projects that were especially helpful to me at the time have been useful in creating ideas for my own assignments. Now planning my third semester of teaching design-related courses, I can say that instructing college students has been a wonderful and challenging experience of which I look forward to many more years. In addition to teaching, I am also a freelance designer. Through the advanced skills I learned at GST and resulting projects, such as Websites, a published Ebook, animations, videos, etc., I have built up a strong portfolio and an entrance into areas of design I had never yet encountered or thought I would enjoy.
  • Was Touro College GST’s Career Services helpful and how?
    At the start of every semester, Robert Grosberg from Career Services would speak to my classes, telling us what Career Services offered and encouraging us to partake of them. I was continually impressed with how much was offered, including video-recorded practice interviews that could be reviewed for improvement, and what was achieved in terms of getting students prestigious positions. I finally approached Mr. Grosberg with questions concerning the type of positions most suited to me, as well as improvements to my resume and cover letter. We spoke at length, and he had helpful suggestions on improving my application materials. I also received numerous job openings by E-mail, which were quite informative.

Within just a few short years, Chava Drummond’s career as a professor and freelance designer came into fruition, and her trajectory for success knows no bounds. Check back for more interviews with other successful Touro College alumni like Chava Drummond, a graduate of the Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design program.

To learn more about the technology programs offered at the NYC graduate school, and to view a schedule of upcoming open houses and tours, visit Touro College Graduate School of Technology online or contact:

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