It has been a while since I last posted. The reason behind the slow post has been work in the background. In 2013 Toro Media Group opened its first training school for Adobe software in Bridgeport CT. We handled a promotional video for The Veteran’s Art Foundation and we developed new logos for two new companies in NY and Atlanta, so we have been quite busy.
On the downside business has been slow at the school. Our goal while noble has not come to fruition. Bridgeport, CT is a city on the East Coast with its share of problems. In the past few years the city has seen a rise in crime, poverty and corruption in city government. The city is located in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, Fairfield county but Bridgeport has not benefitted from its parental relationship despite being the most populated city in the state of CT. While only an hour away from NYC, its reputation is still stigmatize by poverty, high crime and corruption.
As a business we thought that this would be a great place to open a school and help the younger generation learn marketable skills that could propel them to bigger things and suitable employment in design and programming.
Currently we are still building on our business model and hope that we can persuade our young ones to get off the streets and learn marketable skills. While we do handle for profit jobs, the money made is poured into the school. We purchase ready made curriculums and all the instructors are trained and certified in the Adobe and Microsoft products.
The reality is that the resources needed far outweight the money that we get from our for profit projects. There is still the utility cost and the cost of books, paper and software that can be quite expensive and for that reason we thought it best to use older licensed copies of CS4 suite as the platform for design, also our computers are running the minimum requirements using XP. Truthfully that is not bad, the key is to learn the software and we have done a remarkable job of training children who have created nice pieces given the limitations of our facilities.
If you interested in helping or would like to donate computers and software, or even your time, please contact Eric Toro at (347) 931-7300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a snapshot of our training facility.
Take care and keep in touch.