man showing TV control room to others

The Telecommunications program was the focus of a recent visit by the NNPS CTE Advisory Board.

The Telecommunications Center hosted a large group of community partners who make up the advisory board, which now and then visits and evaluates the NNPS CTE program.

CTE Instructional Supervisor Toinette Outland facilitated the tour, which began in the NNPS Administration building with a presentation.

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Mr. Price and students present to CTE Advisory Board visitors.
Photos: Toinette Outland/NNPS

Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and Telecom program seniors presented to the visitors, explaining background about the Telecom program, the classes, and the types of things Telecom students do as part of their training. The 12th-graders also talked about their future plans for college and careers.

Students participating in the presentation were: Jerrl Bailey (Warwick High), Ta'Jion Jeanty (Heritage High), and Michael McClellan (Woodside High).

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Visitors listen to the presentation before going to the Telecom Center.

After the presentation, the board members came to the Telecommunications Center for a site visit. They were shown the classroom with editing stations, the studios, and the remote video production truck.

The truck, which Telecom staff and students use to produce and broadcast live events such as sports competitions, student performances, and graduations, is always a highlight of a visit to the Telecommunications Center.

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But more than the fancy equipment, the students turned out to be the most impressive part of the event, said Price. He said the participants told him how impressed they were with the students and their presentation and how much knowledge they had in the field of broadcasting.

Career and Technical Education Month

CTE Month celebrates the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

The NNPS CTE Advisory Board attendees were:

  • New Horizons Regional Education Center
  • Canon Virginia Inc.
  • The Apprentice School
  • Greater Peninsula Workforce Board
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Virginia Educators Credit Union
  • Newport News Public Schools Parent, Student, Teacher, and School Administrators

According to Outland, the attendees "enjoyed the tour and were curious to learn more of ways to partner and extend work-based learning experiences with the Telecom program."