Middle School Students Enjoy Hands-on Visit to MCCC Campus


Thirty-five students from Kreps Middle School in East Windsor visited the college on April 28 to learn about television production and digital technology.

Television program coordinator Steve Voorhees assigned the students various jobs in the studio and control room as they created their own news broadcast, including news anchor, weather person, cameras, audio, graphics and teleprompter.

The other session with Barry Levy introduced the students to digital editing and Photoshop. First, they wrote a basic script with several scenes. Then they added special effects on the computer, including lightening. “We didn’t have time to add audio, but it gave the kids an idea of what is possible.” He told the students, “With technology, if you can imagine it, you can do it.”

According to eighth grade science teacher Suzanne Werner, who oversees the school’s academic enrichment program, the visit provided the students with a chance to learn about career fields they haven’t been exposed to before. The other Kreps staff member, sixth grade science teacher Joanna Friedlander, said, “I couldn’t get them out of the studio.”

Commented MCCC student volunteer Jennifer Lewis, “It was really fun to work with the kids. They were surprisingly good at it.” Other MCCC students who participated were Claudia Ramirez-Figueroa, Jennifer Leigh and Jon Geier.

Steve Voorhees assigns jobs to an eager group of middle schoolers.
Lights, camera, action.
In the control room.