Broadcasting a Bright Future

Like a lot of high school students, Tim Anderson didn’t really know what he wanted to do in life. “I enrolled at CCC as a kid with no particular sense of direction as to what exactly I wanted to do as a career.”

Tim is a musician who has videos on YouTube, enjoys photography and videography as hobbies, and can take a computer apart and put it back together. So, perhaps it was natural for Tim to end up in CCC’s Broadcasting and Production Technology program. In December 2015 he graduated with his Associate in Applied Science in Broadcasting and Production Technology, having already earned an Associate in General Education and a diploma in Broadcasting and Production Technology in May.

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Tim Anderson earned an Associate in Applied Science in Broadcasting and Production Technology at CCC. Today he operates up to five cameras during live news casts at WSOC-TV.

He had found his path. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA and “a wealth of skills and knowledge that prepared me for a career and great life ahead of me.”A few months later, Tim landed a job at WSOC-TV Channel 9 in Charlotte. He operates up to five robotic cameras for live newscasts, making sure the cameras are where they need to be and set up to get the right shot. During the newscasts he monitors what the cameras are showing and makes adjustments as needed, plus he gives time queues and instructions to the on-air news anchors. It’s a lot to keep track of during a fast-paced newscast. It takes focus and attention to detail. “It’s really like driving several cars at once, but each one is probably much more expensive than a Lamborghini,” he says.

Tim’s experience in the Broadcasting and Production Technology program at CCC helped prepare him for this job. “Having the opportunity to run cameras for football games and both live and studio productions for C19TV really gave me the experience and confidence I needed in order to run several cameras simultaneously for a live newscast.”

The high school kid with no sense of direction has grown into a man who is passionate about his career. His current job is an amazing opportunity that he intends to enjoy and make the most of, but he’s also looking ahead. Don’t be surprised if someday you see Tim Anderson in front of the camera!

Tim found his passion at CCC. How about you? Are you looking for a job or career you can be passionate about? Have you found the right career but need some additional training to reach your future goals? Visit clevelandcc.edu to learn more about our curriculum and continuing education class offerings. Questions? Give us at call at 704-669-4162 or email us at success@clevelandcc.edu. Registration for spring semester is going on now! Classes start January 9.

Saying Thank You

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for what we have and to thank others for their help and support.

We want to say thank you to our students for choosing Cleveland Community College. We know you have many options when it comes to continuing your education. We are proud to be able to serve you and appreciate the opportunity to do so.

In addition to being our students, we understand that many of you have other responsibilities including working full-time or part-time, and being parents, care givers, and spouses. We understand that time is as valuable to you as money, and we appreciate that you have chosen to spend some of it with us.

Our goal is to help you reach your educational and career goals, whether that means earning a degree to transfer to a four-year school; earning a degree, diploma or certificate to get a better job; learn a new skill to advance in your current career; or learning something new to simply enrich your life.

We couldn’t do all of that without our dedicated faculty and staff, so to you we say thank you as well. I often have the privilege to talk with students, and most of the time, they tell me about one or more of their instructors who spent extra time helping them and encouraged them to keep working toward their goal.

From all of us at CCC, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Career Coaches Help Students Plan

Did you know that Cleveland Community College and Cleveland County Schools have partnered to help students prepare for life after high school?

We want students to understand better the skills and training they need for a successful career before they graduate from high school. We want to help them find the information they and their parents need so they can make informed decisions about their future.

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Earlier this year, CCC received two grants that enable the College to hire full-time career coaches to work within the county’s high schools and middle schools.

The first grant is from the NCWorks Career Coach Program. With funds from this grant two career coaches have already been hired and are currently working within the county’s high schools.

The career coaches work with staff at the high schools to help students create career plans and set up goals, discover which careers might match their interests, learn about opportunities to take college classes tuition free while still in high school, and more. They are available to meet with students one-on-one and even with parents.

 

Career coaches also help plan classroom presentations on topics such as résumé and cover letter writing, interview skills, and researching different types of jobs.

The second grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow CCC to hire two additional full-time career coaches to work within the high schools and the middle schools throughout the county. This grant focuses on increasing the number of disadvantaged youth who complete high school and enroll in and complete a college education.

The overall goal of both these programs is to help Cleveland County’s youth prepare for life after high school, whether they want to enter the workforce immediately, learn a skill, or earn a degree at a community college or a four-year university.