Students following Midview High School’s Broadcasting Career Pathway recently visited Kent State University for an inside look at its College of Journalism and Media and College of Communication and Information.
During their visit, students toured each college, exploring digital media production labs, connecting with student ambassadors in related programs of study, and experiencing the inner workings of Kent’s student-run media (TV2, KentWired, and Black Squirrel Radio).
This was Midview Broadcasting’s second college visit, following a trip earlier this school year to Cleveland State University.
“It’s important for students to explore their options, see the practical application of their interests, and know that they can succeed in something they’re passionate about,” said Cristen Manion, Midview Broadcasting Instructor. “By putting career-based skills into the hands of high school students through career pathways, we introduce them to a world of possibilities. Our college visits are just one example of those possibilities.”
By combining academics with exposure to careers, high school pathway programs give students an early opportunity to explore their talents and gain foundational career knowledge and skills. In addition to Broadcasting, Midview Local Schools offers six other in-house, career-focused pathways, including Business and Marketing, BioMed, Pre-engineering, Exercise Science, Visual and Media Arts, and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC).
Throughout their high school education, students take sequential classes in their selected pathway while fulfilling all core classes required for graduation. Learning eventually shifts to include job shadows, work-based learning, or internship/apprenticeship opportunities as students progress through a pathway.
Along with a high school diploma, graduates secure industry certifications or college credits associated with the successful completion of their respective pathways. Students can use their experience to enter the workforce right out of high school or as a head start for postsecondary education.
“What makes this program so unique are the opportunities and resources students have access to,” said Midview junior Mackenzie Kirkpatrick. “As a student following the Broadcast pathway, I’m gaining a lot of experience in a field I am interested in while exploring potential careers and colleges along the way. Being a part of this program has really opened a lot of doors for me.”
Midview’s Broadcasting students also welcomed representatives from Full Sail University in Florida for a guest presentation this week. Full Sail University is an educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment, media, arts, and technology industries.