Originally from North Carolina, I recently graduated from Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Kansas with a BS in Information Networking & Telecommunications concentrating in Media Studies. FHSU was an affordable option for me and seemed like a smart move – but little did I know how much the school and its technology would change my life.
When I first came to FHSU, coursework was focused on producing “backyard” content, such as YouTube videos that were fun to make, but didn’t hold much weight. FHSU has gone on to make immense progress in preparing its students for future careers. From our initial attempts at simple videos, I was recently part of a team that took home ten Kansas Association Broadcasting Awards this year.
I am very grateful for the changes at FHSU and the doors that it will open for me. During my senior year, FHSU went the direction of the professional media industry and made the decision to go all in for Avid Everywhere. I remember learning of this change and the excitement that came with it. As a Media Studies student, I had always been aware of Avid’s products: I knew they were used by the big 5 broadcasting networks, I knew they were the products of professionals, and I had often heard “you have to learn Media Composer if you want to go to Hollywood.” But I had never been afforded the chance to actually use these products and – I am not joking – our school is now outfitted in Avid EVERYTHING!
“As a student, I now have the opportunity to take hold of all of this professional technology and software, equipment I had always dreamed of getting my hands on.”
– Ken Moreno, FHSU
FHSU becoming one of the first universities to implement Avid Everywhere in education was, and still is, an amazing occurrence for me. As a student, I now have the opportunity to take hold of all of this professional technology and software, equipment I had always dreamed of getting my hands on. Avid has flooded our media studies department with educational riches.
With Avid now in full force at FHSU, the learning environment is far from what it used to be: We practice live broadcasts in class, we are project editors, and we use the Media Central platform both in class and at home. Operations are smooth: From sending out field producers to shoot rundowns to having the edit team in the edit bays to being able to make changes visible to everyone. Further, FHSU now offers Avid certifications and I was able to become Media Composer Certified with 21 of my classmates.
“I know Avid is going to be there for me as far as customer service relationships go and I see the company and the community of Avid users as a critical part of my professional life.”
It was inspiring and impressive to see Avid experts come all the way out to Kansas to train students and professors alike. They truly embraced everyone involved at FHSU and I can’t imagine seeing that from any other media company. It was during these training sessions that I felt Avid really accepted FHSU as a part of their community and was truly vested in the next generation. I know Avid is going to be there for me as far as customer service relationships go and I see the company and the community of Avid users as a critical part of my professional life.
The opportunity for this real life curriculum would not have been possible without dedicated professors like Toby Yoshimura. Toby recognizes industry standards, the importance for students to learn Avid, to become more involved with companies who are industry leaders and to integrate certifications. He represented students in the fight for this transition that drastically changed our university and the quality of our education. I feel so lucky to have professors that would go above and beyond to provide me with the tools I need to compete in this industry.
What I have also learned from seeing this transition is the importance of being involved in the professional community. Toby is a member of the Avid Customer Association (ACA) and is involved in some of the deeper conversations with Avid – topics such as what companies are looking for when they hire students, how efficiencies in the industry can be realized, the impact on business models when students are not prepared for the professional environment and more. Innovative and active groups like the ACA are inspiring and I look forward to diving into the online culture of Avid, joining in the momentum, and continuing to learn.
“I have confidence in my future career path and in going into the real world, having received my degree and certifications on Avid products.”
I recently decided to attend grad school at FHSU, based on what they are doing to truly prepare us. I have confidence in my future career path and in going into the real world, having received my degree and certifications on Avid products. Due to the collaboration of FHSU and Avid, I know that my education will help me to be one step ahead of everyone else coming out college and I will be ready to launch my career in the media industry.