Certiport names 2018 Adobe Certified Associate U.S. National Champions

Students demonstrate superior digital design skills to advance to ACA World Championship

SALT LAKE CITY– July 25, 2018

The winners of the 2018 Adobe® Certified Associate (ACA) U.S. National Championship have been announced by Certiport, the leading provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners.

The winners topped more than 140,000 contestants from 48 states to win a spot to compete in the ACA World Championship (ACAWC) from July 29 to August 1 in Orlando, Florida.  Students entered the competition by earning their ACA certification and submitting a design project they created using advanced digital design skills.

The ACA U.S. National Champions are as follows:

  • Eliot Chang, University of Southern California, California
  • Nya Lawrence, Day Springs Academy, Florida
  • Tu Nguyen, New Horizons, Iowa

The ACA World Championship is a global competition that promotes industry certification and tests students’ design skills using Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe InDesign®.  Finalists are expected to come from 23 countries to demonstrate their proficiency using industry-leading Adobe software to complete a real-world design challenge for TakingITGlobal. TakingITGlobal is one of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges.

“We look forward meeting these outstanding students and judging their projects at the ACA World Championship,” said Tacy Trowbridge, Global Education Programs Lead at Adobe. “As U.S. Champions, they have demonstrated their design abilities and knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, which will be helpful for the rest of their academic and career pursuits."

A first ($5,000), second ($2,500) and third ($1,000) place ACA World Champion will be chosen based on a panel of judges reviewing the final design projects.

“Every year we are impressed by the U.S. submissions for the ACA U.S. National Championship, and these three students demonstrated both creativity and superior real-world skills in digital design,” said Raymond Murray, Vice President, Business Development, Pearson VUE. “We look forward to seeing how they measure up against top competitors worldwide at the ACA World Championship.”

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 14,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the Autodesk Certified User and Autodesk Certified Professional certification programs, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, and the IC3 Digital Literacy certification. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in 148 countries and 26 languages worldwide. For more information, www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.

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