New Media, Renewable Energies programs start up at EAC
Thatcher, AZ—Two new occupational programs—Media Communications and Renewable Sustainable Energy—will be available to students for the first time on Eastern Arizona College’s Thatcher Campus beginning August 23.
The new Media Communications program reflects the convergence of different media—from print, radio, recording, television, film, and internet—into a single complex skill set required of media professionals in today’s world. According to EAC Dean of Instruction Mike Crockett, there are vast opportunities for qualified technicians in the media industry. “We’re seeing a trend toward expectations of media literacy, just as we saw expectations of computer literacy emerge twenty years ago,” Crockett said. “I feel it’s especially important for rural residents to be able to use the New Media to tell their stories and advocate for their interests.”
Newly-appointed EAC Media Communications instructor David Arond agrees. “There is tremendous opportunity for Media Communications at EAC. I envision using media communication technologies to enhance the learning and communications processes for EAC’s students and faculty.” Arond, a former international correspondent for WGN-TV and producer for PBS, will be teaching several introductory courses this fall, including MDC 102—Introduction to Media Communications, MDC 110—Writing and Editing for Media, MDC 150—Video Production, and MDC 155—Media Production for the Web.
Students who major in Media Communication will also have a chance to build a portfolio of their work as they participate in media practicum courses. “We hope to capture and preserve more of EAC’s history and culture with these technologies,” Crockett said.
The first pair of four courses in Renewable Sustainable Energy will be offered this Fall as well. TEC 171—Renewable Energy Technology will be taught on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning August 23 and running through October 13. TEC 172—Photovoltaic Design and Application will commence on October 18 and continue through the end of the semester. The evening schedule will make these courses available for persons who work during the day, as well as full-time students. “This is a program that can be a nice ‘tack-on’ credential for someone who is majoring in another technical area,” Crockett said.
Two additional “green energy” courses, TEC 173—Passive Solar Design and Application, and TEC 174—Wind Turbine Design and Application, will be taught during the spring semester. “When these courses are combined with two introductory courses in electronics, students will earn a Certificate of Proficiency that qualifies them for entry level positions in this exciting field,” Crockett said.
Registration information is available at eac.edu. Other questions may be directed to Mike Crockett at 428-8215. Registration for these courses is going on now through the first day of class.