School considers launching video production program

A new class at Crescent City High School could bring back the city’s presence on public access TV. 

A first-level video production class will be added to the high school’s growing list of career technology courses next year. And if there is an interest, Principal Mechele Higginbotham said, the course will lead to the school’s first media production program. 

“We’re still in the pre-planning stage,” Higginbotham said. “If there is a good enough turnout, (offering the first-level course) will give us time to get the other pieces in place.”

Crescent City Commissioner Marcus Hardy approached Higginbotham with the idea earlier this year, hoping to establish a partnership that would lead to more career training options for students and more visibility for Crescent City. 

“The possibilities are endless,” he said. 

According to Hardy, Crescent City events, such as meetings and festivals used to be televised on a public access channel, accessible through a Comcast shed near Crescent City High. 

When employees at Comcast and the school left their positions, Hardy said, Crescent City officials lost access to the shed, losing the connection to the public access channel. 

Eventually, Hardy said, a remote site would need to be established to regain the connection. 

“And it should be at the high school,” Hardy said. 

By creating an accredited program for video production and media, Hardy said, Crescent City High students can train for occupations in media and film. 

“In conjunction with the city, kids can cover meetings, broadcast events, school activities and sports events on public access,” he said. “The possibilities are endless.”

Higginbotham said students will also learn about marketing and business, as the program will need partner funding, possibly through the sale of commercial spots. 

“We need to get them ready for what they want to do,” Higginbotham said. 

During the next year, Hardy and Higginbotham said officials will work with Comcast about running line to the school for access to cable television. Once a plan is developed, Higginbotham said, district officials will work to create a program for the school.