New Degree in Entertainment Technology
Awaiting Final Approval

3-1-05

In anticipation of final state approval of a new associate degree program, Mercer County Community College is now offering classes in Entertainment Technology. When finalized, the Entertainment Technology associate degree program will be one of the only two at community colleges in the state.

According to Robert Terrano, program coordinator and former dean at Mercer, the proposed program will prepare graduates for careers in booming new fields, combining elements of theater, television, audio, lighting, video, electronics and computing.

Terrano said the job market has expanded significantly for technicians, managers and designers by the growth of theme parks and arenas, the marriage of mall development and amusement, and the expansion of cable and independent television. Also sparking growth in New Jersey was the approval last summer of a $10 million revolving loan fund for companies that want to produce films in the state. The money will be administered through the state’s Economic Development Authority.

Mercer’s proposed new degree will include specialized courses in entertainment systems and management including theater, lighting technology, broadcast technology, sound technology, design, computer drafting, and electronics. An internship will also be required. “We plan to place our students in internships at theme parks, casinos, theaters, performing arts centers and arenas,” Terrano said. “They will graduate with excellent work experience.”

To enable students to more easily continue their education in the field after they complete MCCC's proposed program, the college is currently finalizing articulation agreements with New York City College of Technology, City University of New York, which has the only four-year baccalaureate degree program in Entertainment Technology on the east coast.

For more information contact Robert Terrano at 609-586-4800 ext. 3828, e-mail terranor@mccc.edu, or call Admissions at 609-586-0505.

Entertainment Technology Associate Degree


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