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Alumni Spotlight – Vivian Cruickshank

Vivian Cruickshank

Alumni Spotlight – Vivian Cruickshank

Congratulations to Vivian Cruickshank, our latest Alumni Spotlight! Vivian is a Graphic Designer at Social Voucher, where she works on website layout, collateral, powerpoint presentations and photo editing.

We asked Vivian to share some highlights from her experience at MMI, and here’s what she had to say:

“I like that the teachers at MMI are in the know of what is happening in the workplace so they know the skills that their students need to succeed in the real world. Even though I knew graphic design before attending this school, knowing all of the things I learned in web design really helped.


Madison Career Chat Friday

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Career Chats 8-07-15 – with Brett Price

2009 Recording & Music Technology graduate and current Entertainment & Media Business student Brett Price, Technical Director for Deforest Performing Arts Center was at the Madison campus to share his experiences and the opportunities he has available only for MMI students.  Brett has spent the last 10 years building a program that is respected and can boast state of the art audio and video equipment. 


Alumni Spotlight – Dom Spallino

Dom Spallino

Congratulations to Dom Spallino, our latest Alumni Spotlight! Dom graduated from the Animation & Game Design program in 2014, and currently works as a Software Tester/Engineer at Starkey Hearing Technology. His duties include testing, programing and branding hearing aids, as well as installing and testing software.

Dom said the terminology he learned at MMI is crucial to preparing for a career at a gaming company. He mentioned that he especially valued that his instructors helped him through the stress of school by not overloading him with assignments, and providing one on one assistance during class.


Madison Career Chat Friday

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Career Chat 7-31-15 – Making your cover letter stand out in a crowd

While attendance was low (3 brave souls) the topic was inspiring “How to make your cover letter stand out in a crowd”.  REC, GAM and EAV programs were all represented with each attendee having a different level of expertise in cover letter writing.  From “I’ve never had to write one in 15 years of employment” to “I have a template I use when I send one”.  All were eager to be inspired and learn how to engage their cover letter at “Dear Reader”.  Each left with at least one fully functioning cover letter they can use immediately.


Alumni Spotlight – Jacob Rakidzich

Jacob Rakidzich

Congratulations to Jacob Rakidzich, our latest Alumni Spotlight! Jacob graduated from the Mobile Application Development Program at Madison Media Institute. He currently owns his own company, Jacob Zivian Design. As the owner/operator, Jacob is responsible for a variety of areas including client acquisition, design consultation, development and testing, quality assurance, time management, finances, customer service and more! [More…]

Alumni Spotlight – Vaughn Forsythe

alumni spotlight - Vaughn

Congratulations to our newest alum spotlight Vaughn Forsythe. Vaughn graduated in 2013 with a Recording Degree from Minneapolis Media Institute. Vaughn was also the recipient of the Minneapolis “Tom Tucker” integrity award.

“My favorite thing about MMI was the fact that we got to spend as much time as we could reserving various studios on campus for our own personal development outside of class. By using the various studios on campus, it allowed me to experiment and also apply what I learned that day or week.”

Vaughn is currently working as an Assistant Audio Engineer at OnBeat Studios in West Palm Beach Florida. [More…]

Madison Career Chat Friday

Career Chat Fridays kick off  was awesome!  Not only was there free food but a great Biz Talk by Kelly Brophy of Gorman & Co.  Kelly is their marketing coordinator who came in looking to hire a contract videographers to create short videos on the historic properties they rehab into urban living spaces.

Kelly was pleasantly surprised by the depth of knowledge and creativity she received from attendees.  She left considering adding podcasts and 3D modeling and animation to the marketing plans for their properties!  Every attendee was able to spend some 1:1 time with Kelly with several scheduling follow up conversations in the near future regarding potential paid project work.  Kelly has already requested an opportunity to come back and speak again!  [More…]

Alumni Spotlight – Bailey Smoot

Entertainment Media Business Alumni Spotlight – Bailey Smoot

Congratulations to Madison Media Institute Entertainment Media Business Associate Degree Program graduate, and current Bachelor Degree Program student, Bailey Smoot, for landing her dream internship!

Bailey was recently brought on by Janesville, Wisconsin Country Radio Station 99.9 WJVL-FM/1230 WCLO-AM to help assist with their promotions.  She’ll be helping with all the remote broadcasts, Country Thunder, and the Rock County Fair. Bailey will also be sitting in on broadcasts and attending board meetings! [More…]