New teacher enjoys sharing experience
By Sarah Barney
New arts instructor Doug Borton isn’t just bringing a passion for design to his classes at LCC, he also brings an impressive amount of experience.
Borton has earned a master’s degree in communication from Western Michigan University, as well as a bachelor’s of fine arts from Kendall College of Art & Design. He has also gained a lot of experience freelancing for about 15 years, usually while teaching classes at the same time.
“I believe it is important to continue working in the field I teach in so I can relate modern industry practices to the students,” Borton explained.
In addition, Borton has also lent his talents to charitable donations such as Brushes with Benefits, a company that hosts painting events with a portion of the ticket price going to the hosting charity.
Kellogg Corp., Everstream, the State of Michigan and even clients abroad in Australia are just some of the companies for which Borton has contracted website designs.
For his classes at LCC, Borton has even created a website for his students to access content.
Borton said because he has instructed at numerous colleges that all have their own learning management tools, it was easier for him to make his own website, rather than constantly re-learning new programs.
While Borton likes the functionality that his website has, he is currently in the process of migrating the content over to D2L for next fall.
Borton said he became a teacher because his enjoyed sharing what he learned in the field, as well as the reward of having students find success in their careers.
“There is a lot to like about teaching, but one notable attribute is that all the courses you teach are unique,” Borton said. “You have the opportunity to continually learn and improve individually to stay on top of all that is current in the field.”
During the spring 2019 semester, Borton is teaching classes in design, Adobe Photoshop and web design. Students can keep an eye out for art, design and multimedia classes taught by Borton in the upcoming semesters.