Portland State University Partners with MadCap Software to Provide Students with Leading Technical Writing Tools and Foster Successful Careers in Technical Communications

La Jolla, CA and Portland, OR — November 19, 2013 — Portland State University (PSU) is joining forces with MadCap Software to ensure students pursuing its “Professional and Technical Writing” graduate program have clear competitive advantages when entering the workforce. The university is using MadCap Flare—the modern future-proof authoring and multi-channel publishing software that supports print, Web, desktop and mobile—to provide students with the most advanced authoring and publishing solution available today. As a result, students are gaining expertise in state-of-the-art technical writing techniques through hands-on experience with the software used by thousands of companies worldwide.

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PSU is dedicated to preparing students in its English Department for successful careers through a practical knowledge of today's leading writing technologies. PSU first implemented MadCap Flare two years ago as a teaser, and has grown to integrate the tool deeper into its course load. After the great success of hosting its first Flare workshop last year, the university structured its current "Writing 526: Document Design" course to include Flare, exploring emerging usability issues and important technologies. Additionally, PSU plans to repeat its well-received “Writing 510: MadCap Flare” workshop in Spring 2014.

I'm very appreciative of the loyalty, growth and success we've experienced with MadCap, providing a fantastic resource for our students to advance their technical writing best practices with Flare," said Tracy Dillon, Ph.D. and director of technical and professional writing at Portland State University. "We're thrilled to teach our master degree students modern technical communications practices using a leading-edge tool from a company truly dedicated to the education, advancement and innovation of specialists in the field."

“It has been amazing to see PSU students strengthen their technical writing practices with our software and have MadCap Flare become integral to the university's course structure," said Anthony Olivier, MadCap founder and CEO. "Our partnership with PSU is a prime example of a shared dedication to education, extending student best practices and opportunities. Through our MadCap Scholar Program, we can empower students with valuable knowledge of technical communications tools to ensure a competitive advantage for thriving careers in the workforce.”

About MadCap Scholar

The MadCap Scholar Program offers special discounts on MadCap’s state-of-the-art technical communications software to help students, educators and universities gain access to industry-standard tools that support technical writing and documentation best practices. They include the ability to outfit labs with MadCap Software applications for free; free training, including the MAD Certification Test for teachers and professors, and discounts on software for current students. For more detail, visit http://www.madcapsoftware.com/education/scholar.aspx.

About Portland State University

Founded in 1946, Portland State University (PSU) has the largest overall undergraduate and graduate enrollment of any university in the state of Oregon, and is also the only public university in the state that is located in a major metropolitan city. PSU's 49-acre downtown campus is located in the heart of one of America's most vibrant centers of culture, business and technology. The university offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees, as well as doctorates in 17 fields, directly engaging the community and aiming its students towards the creation of a better, more sustainable world. To learn more, visit http://www.pdx.edu/.

About MadCap Software

MadCap Software, Inc. is a trusted resource for the thousands of companies around the globe that rely on its solutions for single-source multi-channel authoring and publishing, multimedia, and translation management. Whether delivering technical, policy, medical, marketing, business, or human resources content, MadCap’s products are used to create corporate intranets, Help systems, policy and procedure manuals, video tutorials, knowledge bases, eBooks, user guides, and more to any format, including high-end print, online, desktop or mobile. MadCap services include product training, consulting services, translation and localization, and an advanced developer certification program. Headquartered in La Jolla, California, MadCap Software is home to some of the most experienced software architects and product experts in the content development industry.

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