New Program Highlights High School TV Production
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The Oswego City School District is ready to help their broadcasting students take the next step in their education, and their future.
“There are some requirements students have to go through, but once they do, they get a special accreditation on their diploma,” Jaime Sykut told OswegoNow. Sykut teaches broadcasting at Oswego High School and oversees the television station WBUC.
The program Sykut is talking about is the Career and Technical Education diploma endorsement. A state approved program, students have to complete certain requirements to get a special seal on their diploma saying they completed the course.
“Having the endorsement is just like the official stamp that we put a lot of effort into this and we did a lot of work and colleges will look at that and say it’s really cool, these guys will be great fits for our programs here,” said Oswego High School Junior Chase Pelton.
The CTE program is officially governed by New York State, and has programs in everything ranging from math and history, to theater and dance.
“We had to rewrite some of the course curriculum and do a lot of paperwork to make sure our program fit New York State’s standards,” Sykut said.
To receive this credential at OHS for TV production a student needs to complete a four-credit course sequence, 50 hours of out-of-school remote broadcasting (like graduation, community events, sporting events etc.) keep a portfolio of work, employability profile and to culminate the sequence they must pass an industry written test in the area of television production.
“I think, it’s something that can really be used not only if you’re going into communications, any field really just to show the work ethic that it takes,” said another OHS junior Trevor Bradshaw.
The program is open for anyone who wants to participate, and the only cost for the program is the $24 standardized test.
Already in place, students can earn college credit for their time at WBUC at Cayuga Community College.