Wyoming leads the nation in post high school technical certificates earned by Wyoming residents and Wyoming Community Media (WCM) will be adding to this trend.
WCM in collaboration with Laramie County Community College (LCCC) is developing a community-based experience which combines teaching with hands-on experience to produce informational videos, podcasts, photo essays and other transmedia versions for nonprofit organizations.
According to an article that appears in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, a report released by Complete College America Wyoming had the highest proportionate number of residents earning long-term technical certificate that boost careers and result in higher wages. CCA is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C.
Post high school certificates are issued after short term or long term and coursework generally takes less than a year to a year or more to complete. While the report finds that the greatest benefit came from completing a long-term certificate, the WCM – LCCC video production certificate will likely start out as a short term program.
Additionally, growth in community colleges is projected to happen quickly through the new “Skills For America’s Future” federal program that develops stronger partnerships between private sector and community colleges with an additional 5 million associate degrees awarded by 2020.
WCM plans to create “production teams” of six to 10 individuals who will learn as they experience preproduction – working with a client, writing, location scouting; production – lighting a scene, setting sound, operating a camera; postproduction – editing and distribution.
Who can participate? Primarily, the course will be set up for residents who may be displaced from the labor force – either unemployed or underemployed – and current members of the labor force who want to learn new skills or augment existing skills with digital media arts knowledge and experience.
The work won’t consist of tedious projects, rather, projects that will be used by local non-profit organizations to tell their stories. For more information respond by commenting on the post.