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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 01, 2015

He Broke into 'The Biz' with a Job at Disney — Thanks to lynda.com

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In 2006, Anthony Recendez was unemployed, playing in a band, and living in California’s Central Valley.

“There was no creative around me,” he said of the farm town he called home. “I was trying to move to L.A. I wanted to be around music and videos.”

Then he discovered lynda.com.

“I changed my online resumé from a static HTML to a dynamic WordPress layout, all with the help of lynda.com. And within a few weeks I was working with Disney on contract.”

In fact, he’s been living in Los Angeles and happily working in the entertainment industry for eight years now.

“lynda.com is the reason I’m in L.A.,” he says.

By Cheyenne Richards | Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Top Skills lynda.com Members Want to Learn in 2015

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Endless software updates, new technologies, expanding job descriptions … oh, my!

According to lynda.com’s recent member survey, a whopping 94% of you feel more pressure than ever to know it all. We’re listening—and ready to help.

Here are the top skills you said you want, and need, to learn this year.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 04, 2015

Fitness Resolution for 2015? Learn While You Burn!

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It’s a fact. New year’s resolutions fall into two categories: want to and have to.

We want to do fun things like create stuff, tackle projects, pursue our interests, and master new toys. But we have to make time for the basics—like exercise.

The clever lynda.com fans you’re about to meet have all found a way to combine those two things: to check off the unavoidable have to of exercise while indulging in the gratifying want to of learning.

And some of them have even lost weight doing it.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 26, 2014

He Helps Fight Hunger in Rwanda. And lynda.com Helps Him.

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At a time of year when many of us are filling our homes and our bellies with an abundance of delicious treats, Jules Rugwiro is fighting hunger in Rwanda.

Jules is a database manager with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency that addresses hunger.

“The work that we do includes providing food and/or cash for refugees, responding to emergencies, feeding school children, and connecting farmers to markets,” says Jules, a Rwandan who lives and works in Kigali, the nation’s capitol. “I collect information on whether food is available and accessible, and how it’s utilized by people in different parts of the country. Once we have this information, we identify who the vulnerable people are (i.e. those who are ‘food insecure’), where they live, how insecure they are, and why they are insecure. WFP bases its interventions on these results.

“If my job is not done properly, the most vulnerable people would not be identified and thus not assisted.”

How does he make sure his job is done properly?

“I learned most of my programming and database management skills through self-study and the material available on lynda.com,” says Jules, who studied information technology in school.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 05, 2014

Professor Gives Students 'Bang for Buck': Swaps Books for lynda.com

John Drake adopts flipped classroom to give students more value

“I’m doing it. Next semester, I’m going all in with lynda.com.”

So begins a recent blog post by John Drake, a web development professor at East Carolina University.

“I plan on chucking my existing textbook and instead requiring students to use the training videos to learn HTML, CSS, and PHP. … I am done lecturing in the classroom for this course.”

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, November 22, 2014

lynda.com Helps TV Editor Find Time to Be Stay-at-Home Mom

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Clare Childs was a successful video editor on high-profile TV shows: “Wife Swap,” “The X Factor,” and “The Secret Millionaire.”

“I was at the top of my game,” she says. “And then I had children—which is a real game-changer.”

No longer willing to work 50+ hours a week in an editing bay, she needed a family-friendly way to keep her mind active and generate  income. She found it with lynda.com.

“I learned how to build websites,” she says. “Completely.”

Now she’s a stay-at-home mom who spends evenings building WordPress sites for clients, and days cavorting with her kids.

“I am one happy lady,” she says.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 09, 2014

She Built Lifehacker's #1 Meal-Planning App with lynda.com

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Diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as a teen, Jess Dang promised herself that if she lived to age 30, she would do something to help people lead healthier lives.

So at 30, she quit her job at a high-profile company and launched a website that teaches folks how to cook simple meals using real food.

And she credits lynda.com with helping her do it.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 02, 2014

Our Biggest Fan? He Completed 100 Courses in 10 Years!

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People come to lynda.com for different reasons. Some come to learn a particular software. Some come to master a skill. Some come to complete a project.

David Black came to learn InDesign and Photoshop for his printing business 10 years ago—and, well, he never left.

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