News release, Calvert County Public Schools

The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded an FY 2020 Career and Technology Innovation Grant to Calvert County Public Schools in the amount of $147,255.00. These funds are awarded in support of implementing a new Interactive Media Production program of study at the Career and Technology Academy.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “This program will prepare our students to enter in-demand career fields that require a high level of skill. We are thrilled to offer this relevant and engaging course of study to our students.”

The IMP program will provide students a strong foundation in arts and communication with an emphasis on design, graphic and media communications, and interactive technologies. In this program, students will produce a wide variety of three-dimensional models, two-dimensional animations, layered images, streaming media, and web pages. They will also use a variety of software applications to design and edit both audio and visual communications. 

Students who complete the program will be prepared to enter careers in film and/or music production, digital animation, videography, photography, online graphic design, and more. They will have the opportunity to earn industry certification as an Adobe Certified Associate, which includes Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, In Design, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. In the program, students will produce work for real clients, and their classroom experience will be completed with the production of a digital portfolio, which can be submitted at several colleges for potential course credit. 

Among other opportunities, students will be able to work with professionals in the field, such as Kevin Schmidt, Public Broadcast Manager for the Calvert County Government, who said, “Calvert Broadcast is encouraged by the vision of Calvert Career and Technology Academy to mentor home-grown digital media artists in a world where audio-visual content is paramount to any effective communications strategy.”

Carrie Akins, Director of Career and Technology Education and principal of the Calvert Career and Technology Academy, is spearheading the new program. “I am very excited to be able to offer this new opportunity to our students,” she said. “Many of our students have interests in the areas of digital media and audio and music production, and this program will allow students to explore and develop their talents in this field. As with all of our programs at the Career and Technology Academy, the interactive media production program will give students access to college and career opportunities after graduation, with access to articulated college credits, as well as the industry certifications they will need if they choose to enter directly into employment after high school. I am looking forward to developing partnerships within our local business community and offering ways both for our students to learn as well as to potentially provide valuable community services through their developing talents. “

Sign up is available at this time for students who will be high school juniors in the 2020-21 school year:

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