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Gina Johnston | CSSGB, CTT, ACT, MCT

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Work Experience
Digital Communications Strategist/Founder 2010-today
My passion for NEXT spills over into solving workflow problems and communicating new ideas to connect you and your company to the 21st Century. As a corporate software trainer I have kept up on the bleeding edge of technology and have incorporated it into my "NEXT" philosophy! Projects I have taken on include:

Responsive Web Design * CMS WordPress Developer * Production Graphic Artist * InDesign Templates * Prezi Presentations * PowerPoint Presentations * Social Media Infrastructure * Electronic Form Designer * Acrobat Forms * Technology Speaker * Job Seeker Coach * Social Media Content Creator * Software Problem Solver * Electronic Documentation * ePub Documentation
Cloud Team Integrator/Founder 2016-today
Small Business is a passion of mine... To create efficiency in how a company is run, using technology is just what gets me up in the morning! I am constantly looking for the next thing that is economical and performs well to give my clients a solid footing in the 21st century. I LOVE what one of my clients told me, "It isn't if we are going to the cloud... it's when". Let's leverage Freemium to get you there!!

Customizing your cloud solution to your team, your devices, your security needs, and of course your mobility. My solution package is a one time fee for setting up the system. After that I train you and your team on how to efficiently integrate it into your daily processes. My mantra has always been: Look For Ways to Empower the Client.

Β A Systems Integrator is a person or company that specializes in bringing together component subsystems into a whole and ensuring that those subsystems function together, a practice known as system integration. Systems integrators may work in many fields but the term is generally used in the information technology (IT) field, the defense industry, or in media.

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers OF Southern California
Adobe & Microsoft Certified Trainer | Social Media Strategist | Job Seek Coach 2009-2015
Train corporate clients on computer software with an emphasis in graphics. 30+ software titles in a one or two day hands on classroom format and online (which usually means a blended 1/2 online and 1/2 in person classroom). Each software title typically taught in Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced classes. Having more than 10 years of training experience; I have prepared and delivered more than 400 different software classes. Generate sales through new website traffic via Social Media and create a unified/cohesive Corporate Presence on the Web. This includes generating/monitoring all Social Media and making updates to the New Horizons of Southern California company website.

Software titles I have trained (list is not exhaustive):

Specialties: Acrobat, ACT!, Access, Captivate, CorelDRAW, Dreamweaver, Excel, Filemaker Pro, Flash, HTML/CSS, Illustrator, Indesign, Kodu Game Creator, Macintosh Operating System, Microsoft Movie Maker, Outlook, Photoshop, PowerPoint, QuarkXPress, Visio, Windows Operating System, Word

Adobe Software Trainer 2003-2009
Train corporate and consumer clients on computer software with an emphasis in graphics. I am accredited by Adobe Systems Incorporated, having passed their tests for the software products I teach. I am also certified by , having passed their test and submitted a training video.
I was filmed in a Photoshop training video that is distributed by
30+ software titles in a one or two day hands on classroom format. Combined with each title typically taught in Beg-Int-Adv classes and more than 10 years of training experience; I have prepared and delivered more than 400 different software classes.
Computer Applications Trainer 2002-2003
Delivered applications software classes for primarily Microsoft software. I specialized in Word processing and was routinely sent to law firms for cross training in Word and WordPerfect.


Gina Johnston is a digital whiz. She not only used her expertise in social media and web space infrastructure to upgrade my WordPress site, but made valuable recommendations to point me in the right direction for growth. She showed me the value of brand positioning and what it will do for viewer expansion. And see? She gave me a whole new vocabulary! Part of what Gina loves is teaching what she is doing, so her client can do it independently."

Jennifer O'Herin

Gina is a well organized instructor with the most wonderful attitude who has the skills necessary to meet all necessary educational objectives.”Scot Trodick

Gina and I worked as trainers at New Horizons for years. Her students LOVE her knowledge, passion and professionalism. She knows her stuff!

In addition, Gina volunteered at Microsoft DigiGirlz events. She created courseware that was fun and relevant to high school girls. She taught other teachers and she taught classes. Gina made DigiGirlz great.

Lynn Langit

Gina is a fantastic motivator! Her role at NewHorizons went far beyond a trainer. She not only inspired us every day to learn new technology but learned along with us as well. Able to see "The Next Big Thing", she encouraged us to study it to increase our skill set. What a role model to be around! It was a pleasure and a gift to learn from her.
Gail Parker

Gina is phenomenal; she's the only person who can lecture you for an entire day and you're chomping at the bit, ready for more. Her enthusiasm and top notch communication skills make difficult curriculum a pleasure. Plus, her understanding of "workflow," and how to help you use each tool quickly and efficiently is a God sent. She's a professional in every sense of the word; her intelligence and vivacity shine through.

Rochelle Veturis Coles

Gina is very well liked and respected as a teacher at New Horizons, bringing her students organized and in- depth knowledge. She creates a great classroom envirnoment that moves quickly, uses real life applications, and mixes it with a great sense of humor.

Laurie Marquez

Gina was the best instructor I could have ever asked for. With her highly adaptable and patient teaching style, I was able to go from 0 to 60 in no time flat with my newly chosen career. She took time after and in-between classes to make sure students were moving along as they should be. She doesn't just show you and move one. She makes you understand WHY. The "WHY" is very important aspect of the learning process for someone like myself.

Technologically speaking, Gina is always looking to the future which is of the upmost importance in this field. She shares her vast knowledge of what is coming down the pipe in web development and consistently illustrates the necessity of continued exploration.

I honestly can't say enough about the positive changes that have been made in my life since learning under Gina. She has made a profound impact on my life. I am grateful beyond words. Thanks to Gina I have found a new career I truly Love. I would recommend her to anyone. She is a true professional. More importantly, she truly cares and it shows. For me, Gina was a godsend if ever there was one. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Peter Berberich

Gina is a great instructor! She has a deep knowledge of the content she teaches. She's inventive and funny! My association clients rave about her classes. I would certainly retain Gina as an instructor in the future.

Assoc. Office: BDAOC

Gina is an amazing instructor! She has taught several of the students that I enrolled into the Adobe program. Gina is a very passionate instructor and looks forward to providing her students additional assistance to learn the Adobe applications. If you have a moment to take her class you'll automatically feel her positive enthusiastic demeanor as she greets her new students. I highly recommend Gina for her wealth of knowledge and quality individual.

Jose L. Gonzalez

Gina encouraged our Dreamweaver Class that she taught in 2005 to learn the web so we could continue our career path and always be marketable. I took that to heart and have rarely been without work! Gina's passion to help and encourage her students is priceless. Thanks to Gina's encouragement and insight, I have been working in web design/development now for five years.

Mark Dickinson

Gina is an excellent presenter on Social Media. She gives a great overview of social media in business and how to grow your business using social media.
I would highly recommend using Gina to help your business maximize the use of social media.

Loreen Gilbert

I had the pleasure of working with Gina and experienced first hand her enthusiasm and fun training style. Gina's confidence and complete software knowledge fires a clear message to her students.

I enjoyed talking with her her students after class or on breaks, as they were always impressed and wowed -- as if they just watched a fireworks show, and learned something immediately useful. Plus, her passion for Social Media is infectious and has inspired me to stay connected!

Phillip K. Dunn

Gina is a wonderful instructor at New Horizon. She is thorough with her work, and detail-oriented on the subject of social media, web coding and programming language - and on top of that she's a people person.
Sayon Syprasoeuth


Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer CTT+
Adobe Dreamweaver Expert ACE
Adobe InDesign Expert ACE
Abobe Photoshop Expert ACE
Adobe Illustrator Expert ACE
Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT
Microsoft Office Excel Expert
Microsoft Office Word Expert
Microsoft Office Access
Microsoft Office PowerPoint
Microsoft Office Outlook


Commercial Recreation Business, Minor in Management and Human Resources -