Brandon Collier

Digital Design and Graphics 2014
Owner at Collier Creative of SWFL

Growing up in central Indiana, Brandon Collier rarely considered attending college. In an area where most individuals did not enter into higher education, Collier moved straight to the working world after high school. It wasn’t until he moved to Florida to be with his mother that he decided to pursue a different path, which led him to Hodges University.

As a first generation college student, Brandon Collier enrolled at Hodges University in 2009 to pursue an associate degree in computer information technology. Visiting other campuses in Fort Myers, it was Hodges that made an impact; providing a personalized approach and welcoming atmosphere. Receiving his degree in 2011, he continued his education and enrolled in the digital design and graphics bachelor’s program in the Fisher School of Technology.

“With my background in construction, I was able to learn how to create prints using Auto CAD. I later used these skills when I was hired as an engineer technician at a local firm,” he said.

Appreciative of the guidance and knowledge provided to him by Professor Chip McElroy, he viewed his professors, as well as other Hodges staff, as mentors who helped him to grow into a professional. “I was able to change who I was by learning and gaining knowledge and skills that not everyone has,” he explained.

While growing into a professional, Collier did face challenges. Feelings of doubt, limited time, frustration, challenging assignments and little peer-to-peer engagement often left him unsettled and uncertain; however, by focusing on his learning and asking professors for help, he overcame the struggles and persevered, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 2014.

“One piece of advice I would give to students is to understand that you are changing things for the better by receiving the knowledge and skills that come along with a college degree. Keep your eye on the prize and remember, you are not in it alone.”

Taking his skills and using them in the real world, Collier works in business development at one of the most successful insurance agencies in the state. He is in charge of print advertising, targeted marketing, website development and search engine marketing. In addition, he owns his own business called Collier Creative of SWFL. “We help business owners show up online, have a professionally designed website and market their business. We also do branding and logo design,” he said.

Growing into the professional he always wanted to become, Collier credits Hodges University for enabling him to become independent and successful, saying, “I am more independent now than I ever was. Before my education, I had to depend on others to tell me everything to do…now I tell them what needs to be done. I am happier and more relaxed.”

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