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MCCC Television Faculty Member Selected for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Fellowship in Los Angeles


West Windsor, N.J. - MCCC Television faculty member Steve Voorhees headed for Hollywood Nov. 8-12. Voorhees was one of 20 professors from across the country selected to attend a faculty seminar hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The seminar was entitled: "See How Primetime Entertainment Works Behind the Scenes."

Voorhees participated in discussions and presentations with representatives from the major television networks, studios and production companies. Topics included the role of producers and writers; working with directors in different genres; story development and pitching story ideas to networks, and the latest in digital entertainment and new media. The agenda covered current industry trends and production techniques. The group also went behind the scenes on studio sets.

Voorhees says the seminar was a great experience that will enrich his teaching. "I met with the industry's leading professionals, hearing firsthand the qualities and skills college students need when they enter the job market." He adds that the fellowship provided an excellent opportunity to meet with other college faculty to learn about their academic programs and philosophies.

Among the other schools represented were the University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin and Boston University. Mercer was was of three community colleges selected.

Voorhees on the set of the TV Land show "Hot in Cleveland"
Voorhees, front row far right, with his colleagues at the seminar

Voorhees believes his selection for the prestigious program is a testimony to Mercer's Television curriculum and the program's reputation for producing students who are well-prepared to enter the field. "I understand that more than 100 colleges and universities applied for the seminar. For Mercer to be one of the schools accepted says volumes about what we do here and the success of our students."

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