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Adobe donates $100,000, computer programs to University of Arizona

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PHOENIX — University of Arizona students will soon have free access to a slew of Adobe programs and the tech giant will also make a $100,000 donation to the school, it was announced Wednesday.

In a press release, the school said Adobe had chosen it to be its first Creative Campus in the West and the fifth total school in the nation to receive the designation. Students will be given access to several computer programs — chiefly Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver — that can be outside of a student’s budget but are used in many modern workplaces.

“Students are no longer merely information consumers, they are knowledge creators,” Karen Williams, vice president of information strategy and university libraries, said in the release. “As a result, they need new types of educational tools, like those available from Adobe.”

The donation will go toward a future student district that will include a gym and two school libraries.

“Adobe’s technology and gift bring us one step closer to our vision of a student experience and campus core that weave tech, academics, and engagement into a single, unbroken experience,” Melissa Vito, the senior vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and the senior vice provost for academic initiatives and student success, said in the release.

Some students have already been given access to the Adobe programs and they will be available to all incoming freshmen in the fall.

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