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PRCC Film and Video Students Recognized by USDA – Picayune Item

POPLARVILLE, miss – Pearl River Community College’s Film and Video Technology Program hosted a recognition and exposure event on Tuesday afternoon for the work done for the United States Department of Agriculture. Officials from the USDA National Resource Conservation Service for Mississippi, officials from the Keeping the Rez Beautiful Foundation, as well as CEP students, staff and family were all in attendance at the celebration.

Students in the program have worked diligently to create promotional videos for the Agriculture Careers YouTube channel being created for the USDA. To date, they have filmed all background footage from locations across the state. Students should still film scripted scenes as well as final edits and production.

“Students put into practice what they have learned in the classroom,” said Ronn Hague, Film and Video Technology instructor. “Once the scripted scenes have been shot, we move on to production. The goal is to have the final videos on the YouTube channel in January.

All of the students who participated were registered as USDA volunteers. This provided them with a Certificate of Distinction, cleared for transport in USDA vehicles, and other benefits. Their certificates were presented at the recognition event along with USDA branded chairs and cups.

During the ceremony, the following CEP students were honored: Byron “Wednesday” Dillard, Ashton Kahn, River Roderick, Tori Hall, Aliyssa Cade, Mason Runnels, Gavin McGowan, Marikia Hibbler, Austin Husband, Kobie Robinson, Kendel Hargrove , Noah Gilkerson, Brandon Gingell and Kelly Jack.

Dennis Jones, region environmentalist for the 24 counties of southern Mississippi, spoke briefly about the importance these promotional videos will have for the USDA.

“These videos will show different farming practices and activities,” he said. “The hope is that this video will be used to recruit future people in agriculture, especially with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The project is currently participating in a statewide project competition for the USDA. If the project wins at the state level, it can be entered in the national competition.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity this has provided to our students,” said Dr Amy Townsend, Dean of Vocational and Technical Education for the Poplarville and Hancock Campuses. “They are able to gain practical experience and forge links that can lead to future employment.

“We appreciate all the efforts Ronn Hague and former Director of Technical Vocational Education Gwen Smith have invested in the project as well as the USDA and the Keeping the Rez Beautiful Foundation to make it possible.”

The Film and Video Technology Program is in his fourth year at the PRCC. Students are prepared for careers in fields related to film and video, including all aspects of film, broadcast and live production. A combination of classroom work and hands-on teaching gives students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the world of audio-video.

Students can earn a Career Certificate, Technical Certificate, and / or Associate Degree in Applied Science. For more information, contact The Hague at [email protected] or 601-403-1316.

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