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CSI Instructor Earns Affordable Materials Grant

Alex Iakovlev Uses His Digital Multimedia Expertise to Improve the Student Experience

At Computer Systems Institute (CSI) you will find a team of experienced instructors who use their expertise and time not only to propel students toward their academic and professional goals, but also to give back. Take Alex Iakovlev, Business Career Program – Digital Multimedia Concentration instructor, for example.

With experience ranging from editing videos for Broadway producers and performers to building websites, Iakovlev has cemented his place as a leader in the digital multimedia space. In addition to teaching at CSI, Iakovlev is working on an Affordable Materials Grant for innovation in education in the online environment.

Along with a team of other education professionals and two students, he is tasked with creating online tools for Georgia students taking physics classes to help them be successful with their lab work and assignments. Iakovlev’s work on the project includes creating interactive websites written in JavaScript to support student understanding of the material. These interactive websites will include simulations of physical processes and events, as well as online tools for statistical analysis of the measurements completed by students.

Iakovlev’s desire to participate in this project is fueled by his commitment to supporting students. He says, “I have extensive experience creating supplemental materials and instruction manuals for students in higher education. This work is supporting students and bringing them knowledge, which is of the highest importance to me.”

Iakovlev’s participation in the Affordable Materials Grant is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his contributions to higher education. He has also developed an online tool to measure the speed of the rotation of the sun based on images taken from the SOHO satellite. This tool has already been tested in astronomy classes at a university in Georgia and has shown very positive results in regards to the student experience. As Iakovlev says, “This is only one tool – more to go!”

Transforming the Learning Environment at CSI

At CSI, Iakovlev is known for prioritizing student engagement and participation in the learning process. “As I teach, I also try to focus on the interests of my students and shape the topics to meet those interests. This allows them to apply their classroom knowledge to their lives,” says Iakovlev.

Iakovlev feels drawn to teaching because it gives him an opportunity to pass his experience on to others. He says, “Teaching is the best way to share knowledge. I like introducing students to new tools and marketing approaches that not only make their everyday tasks easier, but also boost their qualifications.”

According to Iakovlev, CSI’s Digital Multimedia Concentration is very valuable because it focuses on the following concepts, which can be applied to almost any field of work:

  • Graphic design
  • Webpage design
  • Image processing
  • Web content creation
  • Search engine optimization
  • Social media optimization

In addition to teaching these topics, Iakovlev has a hand in developing CSI’s curriculum – a major advantage for current and prospective students looking for a program created by experts and taught by experts. He uses his industry expertise to make current trends and topics more accessible.

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A talented and beloved teacher, Iakovlev is in good company at CSI. Our team is comprised of instructors with a passion for helping students meet and exceed their potential. If you are looking to enter a new industry or level up in your career, reach out to CSI today at 1-888-910-5060 or admissions@csinow.com. In addition to our Digital Multimedia Concentration, we offer a variety of business, healthcare, and technology programs.


Business Career Program Instructor Frank Della: A Leader on and off Campus

Preparing students for successful, in-demand careers is our top priority at Computer Systems Institute (CSI). That’s why we offer affordable tuition rates, hands-on training, and curricula that align with industry needs. We also hire the best of the best to join our ranks. A prime example? Frank Della.

Meet Frank Della 

Della has taught over 50 courses in the Business Career Program for two years. He says, “CSI’s Business Career Program gives students skills in self-management and prepares them for further study in two ways: Business programs discuss the most important aspects of each subject and participation gives needed practice in self-expression in an academic setting.”

Della also understands the value of investing in his own education. He has earned master’s degrees from: 

  • The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • The University of Chicago
  • Governors State University

He regularly uses his education, background as a school administrator, and experience in management positions at three Fortune 100 companies to explain the value of a good business school. And while Della’s know-how serves as an inspiration to his students, it is their accomplishments that truly drive him to be the best educator possible. 

“All have overcome language difficulties, unfamiliar cultural institutions, lack of family support, and loss of social status. While any one of these is a disadvantage, our students use the tools available to them at CSI and in our thriving communities to find success,” says Della. “They dare greatly. They find a way to earn their livelihood, merge their own cultural traditions with the ones they find here, acquire the language, and deal with stress associated with the experience. It is this adventure that forms the basis for me wanting to help them meet their goals.”

Leadership Beyond the Classroom 

At CSI, we challenge our faculty and staff to be leaders on and off campus. Della is no exception. He regularly places himself in positions where growth occurs through organized criticism, such as joining Toastmasters International for a two-year commitment to becoming a better speaker.

Della’s leadership also extends to his involvement in the Illinois Masonic Fraternity, a charitable organization that gives opportunities for personal growth with the idea of “Making Good Men Better.”

He sits on the Masonic Relations Committee at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and the board of directors at the Illinois Masonic Student Assistance Program, which intervenes in the lives of at-risk students by conducting in-service sessions for teachers, counselors, and principals. In November 2019, he was elected to lead a lodge of 150 men and was sworn in as Worshipful Master of Paul Revere Lodge #998 A.F. & A.M. in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Most recently, Frank authored an article on leadership for the Masonic Quarterly Magazine focused on “Daring Greatly.”

When all is said and done, Della hopes he can inspire others to give their time to meaningful projects in their community.

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Della is just one of many faculty members who make CSI a leading institution for career-focused education. Invest in your future and learn how you can become a CSI student today.