BLOOMINGDALE – Multimedia and design students enjoy additional enhancements to learning at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.
New laptops, broadcast equipment and remote broadcast and production capabilities are among the latest additions to the program, which includes 30 juniors and seniors. Instructor Cody Larue said the updates are making a difference and will help continue the program in the future.
“It’s something we’re going to do more of this year. We can do live streams at sporting events and do podcasts on location,” said Larue. “We have the ability to be mobile.”
The lab also received new pan, tilt, and zoom mounted cameras that are operated by remote control and can be used to enhance student podcasts. Their weekly “JVS professional voiceover” productions are created every Wednesday and usually released on the JVS YouTube page on Fridays.
“We will have one person dedicated to primary controls while the talent is on air with real-time podcasts. We try to take what they are already doing and increase the value of production while following current trends,” he added. “With more students, we have more capacity to provide assignments that will meet the desired skills. It is the tallest among the junior class. We have reached maximum capacity with them and have 10 returning seniors.
The extra students make for more editors, controllers, directors, graphic designers and on-air talent, and Larue said it also meets a greater need.
“There’s a big push statewide for school-to-work transition programs and workplace education and students are getting real experience on what it’s like to produce for real audiences.”
Students appreciate the modern equipment and practical education they receive in preparation for their future career.
“I really think it’s cool to have the experience of doing things that I wanted to do as someone interested in video production.” said Peyton Marsh.
Marsh and fellow senior Sydni Cunningham and Torry Burks recently placed in the top 10 in the Business Professionals of America state competition with broadcast news production, which makes Larue proud. In addition to video and podcast productions, students complete class assignments and partner with community groups and businesses for billboards, commercials, web advertisements, and other projects. Local partners have included the Ohio State Highway Patrol and JVS itself while radio station WCDK-FM has hired students as interns and employees.
“It’s something we want to do more,” Larue talked about strengthening community ties.
He said anyone interested in seeking interns or partnerships can contact him at JVS at (740) 264-5545.