PUEBLO – The ability of Pueblo Community College students to get the best real-world experience in media production is taking a giant leap on April 26. With the grand re-opening of The Studios at PCC, students are now better able to use the most current technology to develop complete production packages for today’s communications industry.
The Studios is the working headquarters for the Center for New Media (CNM), which is the Broadcasting & Production Technology program’s operating arm. Located at the east end of the Medical Arts & Technology Building, The Studios has undergone a $766,000 renovation and expansion that included a high-tech modernization of the entire facility, an upgrade to the HVAC and electrical systems, and a 1,500-square-foot expansion.
The like-new facility includes a classroom, editing suites, control room, offices, new hallway entrance, storage area, and – best of all – a new studio to stage many of CNM’s live televised programs and to record others for playback later. The remodeling was handled by Copestone Construction of Colorado Springs from a design by HGF Architects of Pueblo. It was financed by state dollars and PCC funds.
In addition to covering campus events, CNM staff members work on a myriad of community projects such as covering City Council meetings, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation’s telethons, Ask a Lawyer nights, high school and college athletic events, parades (State Fair, Cinco de Mayo, Fiesta), candidate forums, local high school and university graduations, Andenucio baseball tourneys, etc. Many of the local programs are broadcast on the four cable access channels that are managed by PCC.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer such quality programming, not only for our students, but the community as a whole, said PCC President Patty Erjavec. “We invite people and organizations in our community to call on our staff at the Center for New Media for any of their broadcasting or video production needs.”
CNM also covers or has covered out-of-town events such as Sky Sox baseball, Colorado College hockey, Gold Kings hockey, the Denver Broncos Super Bowl victory parades in Denver, the National Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Little Britches Rodeo, RMAC football for Altitude Sports, etc. Much of the production capability is made possible by the CNM’s HD Mobile Media Lab.
“Today is the beginning of the end of our conversion to high definition technology because we’ve already been recording in HD for three years and this renovation provides infrastructure that supports it,” explained Scott Richards, who directs CNM activities as its Coordinator of Media Productions.
“The mobile lab will form the heart of streaming on network (Internet),” he added. “Because of the mobile lab, our studio is basically the world.”
CNM is part of PCC’s Mass Communications department, which trains students for employment in art, design, entertainment, sports and media, public relations, marketing and advertising. It also helps meet the growing need for workers and freelance contractors in many organizations.
“The new CNM studios and classroom will allow for the synergy between broadcasting, web technology and communication design that the media industry demands,” noted Jenny Sherman, the department chair of PCC’s Mass Communications program. “Students will benefit tremendously from this cross-discipline lab.”
Mass Communications offers both a certificate and an associate degree. The Broadcasting & Production Technology certificate trains students to enter the workforce immediately while the 60-credit Associate of General Studies degree is a successful transfer program, especially with Colorado State University-Pueblo.
To contact the Center for New Media, call 719-549-3178.