Audio-Visual Club is new on campus

New AV Club offers students more time for projects, learning

Just about everyone can understand the concept of there not being enough time in the day. That was the impetus for a new club at the Center for Career Services.

Sound Production teacher Sean Harty and Television Production teacher Mike May have created an Audio-Visual Club for their students. Initially they had intended that the club host industry professionals to come in to talk to students. With the impact of COVID-19, they needed a new strategy, due to COVID restrictions and the unlikelyhood of having guests speak to students in-person. The club affords students time in the afternoons to finish their schoolwork, record auditions for college applications and more.

“It gives them that extra time to work with the equipment and to work with us more one on one,” Mr. May said.

One of the goals of the Careers Services program is to teach students about expectations for jobs in the industry, where days can stretch easily from to 10-12 hours. The extra time at the end of the school day that they spend in the AV Club helps acclimate them to working a longer day.

“One thing that is hard for us to mimic is a full workday,” Mr. Harty said. “They are here two-and-a-half hours each day. With these extra hours that is half of a workday. It helps them get into a flow. It helps them get ahead on some more projects.”

Both morning and afternoon session students are welcome to attend, but the club is limited to four students from each class due to COVID-19. The club meets several times a week, depending on the students’ schedules and when the teachers are available. The club time can also count toward students’ required work-based learning hours.

During the after-school time, students can continue their work on school projects or use the equipment for personal projects to help them get more practice with equipment and software programs.

“It’s tough to ask kids to stay after school. Historically it’s associated with you did something wrong,” Mr. May said. “We wanted to create a school club and it’s something you can be passionate about. You have unfiltered time with the instructors and equipment.”