Carroll Community College Offers New Entertainment Technology Credit Program

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Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
Press Release

Carroll Community College (Carroll) introduces a new credit program in Entertainment Technology. The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has approved the associate of arts and sciences degree and a certificate is pending approval from MHEC.

The new program will allow students to obtain audio, lighting, video and live event crew training that supports presentation and entertainment events for organizations of all types and sizes. The hands-on program, which prepares graduates to enter the workforce with jobs in various technical positions, also provides partnerships with local organizations for on-the-job training. Such connections can open the doors to potential post-graduation employment.  

Priority registration for credit classes for summer/fall 2017 begins Thursday, April  20. New credit classes in the program include:

Introduction to Entertainment Technology
Entertainment Technology Lighting
Entertainment Technology Audio
Entertainment Technology Video
Entertainment Technology Troubleshooting
Entertainment Technology Cooperative Education 1, 2 and 3
Entertainment Technology Capstone Projects
Stage Management
Production Management  

“Carroll is pleased to provide state-of-the- art education in the field of Entertainment Technology,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “The introduction of this program illustrates how Carroll uniquely responds to the burgeoning economic development needs in our community. Carroll is certainly at the forefront of preparing audio and video technicians for successful entry into the profession.”  

“This new program is uniquely designed to train people to be highly-educated professionals in the constantly booming entertainment industry, by blending solid technical expertise with innovation, artistry, and creativity. The industry has a constant employment demand. We will provide the individuals who ever imagined themselves behind the scenes of a theater or entertainment production—perfecting scenery, lighting, costumes, makeup, sound, and management—the professional skills necessary to pursue new and dynamic career opportunities within the arts,” said Scott Gore, division chair, Applied Arts.  

“I am so excited to expose students to viable career options that most do not discover as a pathway in high school. Additionally I am looking forward to helping provide training and support in this ever- growing industry,” said Seth Schwartz, director of Production and Theatre Management, Program Coordinator, Entertainment Technology.  

Industry Leaders Applaud New Degree
Local Production managers and Directors of Production concur that Carroll’s new program in Entertainment Technology will mutually benefit students and professionals working in theatre venues.  

Joel Krause is the production manager for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. “There is a shortage of trained theatre technicians, particularly in the D.C. metro area,” he said. “We often find that, in order to secure qualified technicians for our productions and events, we have to schedule crews several months in advance.  

“This situation is in sharp contrast to the greater availability of technicians in other geographic areas where I have worked, such as New York,” he said. “The major benefit of hiring a technician with an associate degree is that he or she is specifically trained to support the technical needs of a production. Through hands-on experience working alongside of experienced technicians, students can hone their skills with companies who may someday employ them. I see this program as being of great benefit to both students and theatre companies alike.”  

Dennis A. Blackledge is director of Production at Olney Theatre Center. “Upon returning to the theatre profession after a 15-year absence, the single biggest change to the field was the near-complete lack of professional technicians,” he said. “This lack of competent, reliable personnel has put a great deal of stress on the industry, and in particular, on those charged with leading production operations. The well thought-out Entertainment Technology degree and certificate program that Carroll now offers seems certain to put well-trained, qualified personnel back into the professional pipeline. Leadership in the Carroll Theatre Department and at the college recognized a need. They stepped up to do something about it!”  

“The need for trained and qualified Entertainment Technology technicians has been the subject of much conversation among local theater owners and managers,” said Rick Noble, director of Production at Baltimore Center Stage. “Although we are able to hire talented stage designers, it is the technicians that experts in the theatre industry say are in short supply.”  

For more information about Entertainment Technology, please contact Seth Schwartz at 410-386-8348 or email