Degree in Entertainment Technology
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.”
For more information contact Robert Terrano at 609-586-4800 ext. 3828, e-mail email@example.com, or call Admissions at 609-586-0505.