Shannan Hauser

Web Designer and Developer
Web Image Media

“I began taking Web classes while on break from law school in the hopes of creating websites for family members and as a hobby. Immediately, I knew I had a passion for Web design and could envision not only doing this happily for the rest of my life, but also making a living in the process. 

“The classes offered at Richland were full of technical information, creative inspiration and ideas. The program really got my entrepreneurial wheels turning, as I could easily see a need in the marketplace for the skills I was learning. Despite an excellent standing in law school, I decided not to go back and instead dove head-first into as many Web design classes as I could take. My very first website was a tribute to my granddad’s professional rodeo career, which I worked on as one of my class assignments. As part of another class assignment, I created an online Web portfolio to showcase assignments and sites I had done while in school. 
“After a year and a half of classes, I started a business as a freelance Web designer. I landed my first substantial website job two weeks later for a southern California casino that required a database-driven online sign-up process for their customers. Because I had learned the programming language Cold Fusion, I was able to accommodate everything the casino required. Had I not known Cold  Fusion, or at least some other programming language that could link information to and from a database, I would not have landed that high-profile site. I consider Cold Fusion, which was taught to me by Jim Link at Richland, to be my best Web design asset.

“Since starting my business in 2001, I have continued to take classes, both in-person and online, to keep up with this ever-changing field. With each additional class, even those that I have repeated multiple times, I learn more skills that I am able to use immediately in my business. I feel extremely blessed to have discovered Web design and am privileged to do something I love doing every day.
“I highly recommend the Multimedia program at Richland​. The teachers and courses offered are top-notch and provide students with real-world skills they can be proud of  — and even better, skills they can make a living with while allowing for unlimited creativity and intellectual and technical growth.”

Shannan Hauser took courses in Multimedia Design at Richland ​for about a year and a half before starting her own website design business. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and went to law school for a year at Texas Wesleyan University’s School of Law.