Program gives students rare media experience

Nearly 4 months ago, KTIV launched a new set.

But the old one, did not go to waste.

It is now in the hands of The Sioux City Career Academy.

The program began several years ago in Sioux City, by the Sioux City Community School District.

It incorporates different career pathway courses, which help students decide on post-secondary education and careers.

30 pathways are available for students to explore.

Each one is a career-focused sequence of high school courses.

Students who participate can benefit from high school and college credits.

The space for the pathways is the same size, if not larger, than local High Schools.

They can hold between 1,200 to 1,500 students.

A big part of The Sioux City Career Academy depends on hands-on experience.

And that is exactly what a real-life news set does for those aspiring toward a career path in broadcast journalism.

"In our mass communications pathway, we have audio and film production," said Katie Towler, Principal with The Sioux City Career Academy.

Sioux City High Schoolers don’t have to wait until college to get the exposure they need for their career of choice.

And those interested in mass communications, have a new set of tools from which to learn.

"This way they get to produce it themselves here on site, and have access to some of those things that they wouldn’t normally have," says Towler.

It’s an opportunity that doesn’t take away from the school day because it’s part of the students’ classes.

"Students come from the three traditional high schools in Sioux City," says Towler. "They are transported here to the Career Academy downtown, and they come and go throughout the day."

The goal is to one day have the ability to create a newscast of their own. 

"We’d like to see our students from the three high schools create their newscast using this set, and maybe even have a Career Academy newscast at some point," says Towler.

According to the school district, 80% of students go on to post-secondary education after being enrolled in career and technical education. 

"To have this set, at this level, is new for them this year," adds Towler. "So the doors open here next week and they’ll be ready to roll."

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