Carroll Community College (CCC) and
Howard Community College (HCC) have received a joint award from the National
Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education program to support
associate degree and certificate programs that train students for in-demand
careers as audio-visual systems specialists.
years, the $427,583 grant award—divided and granted individually to the two
colleges—will fund equipment, staffing, and assessment. HCC and CCC
collaborated on the grant application, titled “Addressing the Need for
Innovative Education of Audio-Visual Specialists.” Both HCC and CCC are
creating parallel programs—known as entertainment technology—that will share
research and resources. As a result of this partnership, CCC and HCC offer
the only public, associate degree programs for multimedia and presentation
technology in the mid-Atlantic region.
award from the NSF speaks to the highly technical nature of this emerging
field. It is a prestigious validation of the goals of our program. We are
very encouraged and grateful to NSF,” said CCC President Dr. James D.
Ball. “We greatly look forward to our collaboration with Howard
Community College in this endeavor.”
Community College is pleased to partner with Carroll Community College to
develop an academic program that will meet the high demand for audio-visual
systems specialists in our region,” said HCC President Kate Hetherington.
“The NSF grant will support the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment and
ongoing training to keep our collaborative academic programs on the leading
be taught by faculty members with substantial industry experience. They will
educate students on the application of electrical, lighting, and acoustical
theories and designs.
will provide rigorous hands-on-training to help meet the demand of this
industry,” said Bill Gillett, chair of dance and theatre at HCC. “Audio and
video systems specialists are in demand to support live presentations at
convention centers, colleges and universities, corporate events, government
events, and in theaters.”
Schwartz, director of production/theatre management and project coordinator
of entertainment technology, said, “Audio and video systems specialists
require advanced training in industry-specific technology that supports a
multitude of presentations, which in turn support a multitude of events.
These specialists are employed at venues with integrated, complex
entertainment technology programs are starting with tremendous industry support.
CCC and HCC have already formed partnerships with over 20 local businesses
and organizations to offer students training opportunities that may lead to