Public Education and Public Television Working Together
The NECAT partnership with the USCCU Academy of International Business and Communications at Hillsboro High School has provided students with relevant opportunities that will prepare them for life. This school year, NECAT trained 50 Hillsboro students interested in careers in television and production by facilitating hands-on experience in their television studio with training and guidance for usage of every piece of equipment in the studio and control room. These students were also granted a year-long Producer membership to use the studio and create their own programming for broadcast. Of the 50 students participating in this experiential learning opportunity, six were selected to serve on the NECAT Super Crew and became an integral partner in the creation of season one of the Our Nashville television series featuring local nonprofits. "Students are sharp, flexible, and ready to learn and contribute--we love that and need that, so quite simply we foster it and reward it," said NECAT CEO Trish Crist, "And we are ecstatic to announce that we have secured funding to train another 25 Hillsboro broadcast career path students in the Fall semester 2017!"