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Welcome to Ascend Training!

We at Ascend have a passion for visual communication. Graphic Designers, Web Developers, Video Editors, Publishers and Marketing Professionals learn crucial skills to adapt, create, and stay relevant.

We offer a full array of classes for both the beginner and industry pro, and our hands-on classes ensure our students have the cutting-edge skills to stay competitive. We believe in “Learning by Doing” and students build things themselves in our immersive instructor-led classes. All instructors at Ascend are out in the real world so they can teach you real skills to bring your ideas to life. We have a fierce dedication to enabling our students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Chicago or Online

Our classes are a hybrid of live students in the classroom and online students attending remotely. They are not just tutorials, they are real classes with a live instructor.

Meet Our Team

JoriPresident, Adobe Certified Expert/Instructor, Photoshop
Jori is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop. She has been teaching Photoshop since 1995, and using it since version 2.0. Jori designs all the graphics for Ascend, and is an active user of Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver also.
JackieDirector of Training & Event Operations
Jackie originally comes to Ascend from the Corporate Events industry, where she managed nationwide training events for clients including AT&T, Verizon, and Express Scripts, among many others. Daily operations make Jackie the right contact for custom training questions, as well as special requests such as On-Sites, One-on-One training, Custom Courses, or Conferences.
LaurieAdobe Certified Expert/Instructor: InDesign & Illustrator
Teaching InDesign and Illustrator is truly her passion. She loves to see the “lightbulb” turn on in someone’s head during a class, when a student finally “gets it!” Laurie is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor in both InDesign and Illustrator.
RobPremiere Pro, After Effects, Audition
Rob has 26 years experience in television studio management, and is also an independent shooter/editor who travels the country shooting programs for television. He has video taped everything from motor sports, to a Billy Idol Concert and Supreme court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
RichHTML5, Javascript, CSS, Dreamweaver, Flash
Rich is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor and Developer in Dreamweaver and Flash. His attentive, hands-on approach taken with his students is second to none. He also is an avid freelancer both in web design and sculpture. He is a co-manager of the Chicago chapter of the Adobe User Group.
JimInDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Acrobat
Jim is the author of A Designer’s Guide to Adobe InDesign and XML and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book. Jim also runs the Chicago chapter of the Adobe InDesign User Group.
PattyPhotoshop, Camera RAW
Patty has been teaching Photography for over 13 years, and Adobe Photoshop for over 6 years. She has her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, and completed her graduate degree at the Institute of Design at IIT.
FabiolaTechnical & Video Manager
Fabiola is our resident IT manager. In addition to keeping our computers current, she is a skilled traditional illustrator and works on exceptional high end video projects.
TomSEO, Google Analytics
Tom is ranked #1 for the phrase “WordPress SEO Consultant” and is Google Analytics Certified. When he published his own website, he went from zero to 300 hits a day in 3 months. When it comes to SEO, Tom is the top industry professional.
RonCaptivate, HTML, Dreamweaver
Ron is an is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor and Developer in Captivate and the Dreamweaver as well as being an Adobe Community Leader. He is a co-manager of the Chicago chapter of the Adobe User Group.
Carolyn, an industry expert in UX and customer engagement is also an international speaker and author of A Project Guide to UX Design and Adventures in Experience Design. She excels at helping people connect with company brand and define product vision.
BarbaraBranding, Social Media Marketing
Barbara is the founder of Chicago’s Social Media Club and the creator of the WIRED PR and 3D marketing systems. Her methods of “Designing a “ arketing Makeover” that builds your brand and business” elevate skills of all her students and their companies.
Sean3D Expert, Cinema 4D,
Sean is a 3D and motion expert who has worked in television, film, video, advertising, production and technology. He has developed all varieties of 2D & 3D animation, motion graphics, and visual effects.
SusanGraphic Design
Formerly an Art Director with the Leo Burnett Co., Chicago, DDB-Chicago, and FCB in San Francisco. She is a senior creative specializing in strategic advertising concept, art direction and design for consumer and promotional agencies, PR/marketing firms, publishers, associations and corporations.
Tyrus3D Gaming
Tyrus is a digital 3D Gaming expert who has been instrumental in several award winning gaming and animation projects. He is also a fine artist who works on photo-realistic illustrations. He frequently uses Zbrush, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Autodesk Maya and 3D Studio Max.
Since 1992, Mark has designed and developed custom eLearning and interactive media programs. He has instructed graduate-level courses on designing and developing eLearning projects and enjoys speaking at a variety of training and online learning conferences in the U.S. and Europe.
MichaelArticulate Storyline 2
Michael comes to Ascend with 15 years of corporate training experience and holds a doctorate in business psychology, and a master of arts in industrial & organizational psychology. As both a student and instructor Michael has proven to be a designer with a deep passion for the intersection of L&D, technology and design.
KevinVideo Proctor
Kevin is a video wizard. He assists us with online students in video training.
MichaelPhotoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Muse, Acrobat
Since 2007, Michael has brought his design skills to the classroom in Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat! His attentive and energetic style make learning a breeze.
John is our SEO wizard who helps keep Ascend’s rankings as high as our quality classes!

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