Andrew Nichols


685 Vine Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Home: (540) 438-0422

Work: (540) 568-8018



until 5/2000: available on a freelance/contract/telecommuting basis

from 5/2000: available for permanent or contract positions


MOST willing to relocate from 5/2000


Teaching Assistant

(09/99 to present)

  Institute of Technical and Scientific Communications, JMU
  Develop syllabus, exams, and projects for two undergraduate technical and scientific communication classes
  Tech skills such as resume writing, proposal writing, software documentation, and web design

Project Coordinator

(05/99 to 09/99)

  The Department of the Interior, National Parks Service (NPS)
  Designed website for NPS-specific software to be used by park rangers
  Developed two online (HTML and JavaScript) help manuals for NPS software
  The software has since been adopted by several other federal agencies as a means of natural resource management

Project Manager

(04/99 to present)

  Turtleneck productions, Harrisonburg
  Founded freelance web design company
  Wrote winning proposals and managed one graphics designer
  Created and redesigned websites (see Relevant URLs)


(09/98 to 03/99)

  Barr-ee Station, Harrisonburg
  Helped develop online mailings and coupons to increase retail sales
  Performed retrail sales and financial calculations


B.A., Modern Foreign Languages

(July 1998)

  James Madison University
  Concentration, Russian
  Minor, Russian Studies

M.A., Technical and Scientific Communication

(May 2000)

  James Madison University
  GPA 3.78 (July 1999)

Computer Experience


PC and Macintosh platforms; familiar with Unix/Linux; digital cameras,scanners, high volume file storage media


MS Office 95, 97, 2000; Flash 4; Dreamweaver 2; Homesite; FrameMaker 5.5; PageMaker 6.0; PhotoShop 5.0; Illustrator 7.0

Programming Languages and Coding

HTML 4.0, CSS; proficient in JavaScript; learning CGI with PERL 5.0

Relevant URLs

Dominion College

Designed and developed website for Dominion College


Increased readability based on the Gunnings Fogg Index


Conducted audience analysis prior to use


Designed and developed website for marketing National Parks Service software


Cut marketing costs by developing online information for potential software users

AQUIMS User Guides

Decreased production/printing costs by creating two online help manuals to replace current print manuals


Manipulated screen captures to complement text and increase usability of document

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