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Online subscription to lynda.com. $10 to $15 per month. [Note: This amount varies somewhat with each semester. Actual costs will be identified when you are invited to subscibe. This provides access to 5 software programs for each student enrolled in the subscription.]

—Recommended: The Abobe CS5 Illustrator WOW! Book by Sharon Steuer, Adobe Press. Cool projects that really flex Illustrator’s creative muscle. Beyond a beginner’s book but approachable just the same.
http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Illustrator-CS5-Wow-Book/

—Recommended: Adobe Illustrator CS5 Visual Quickstart, Peachpit Press. A manual for looking up individual problems and solving them piecemeal. Not a teaching tool.
http://www.amazon.com/Illustrator-CS5-Windows-Macintosh-QuickStart