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AV EDUCATION: CAMPUS CURRICULUM
Pace University's
A/V Talent Summit:
Changing the Scope
of Career Fairs
By all accounts, Pace University's firstannual
A/V Talent Summit was a huge
success. From the interactive keynote
by Crestron's Chris Fitzpatrick - during
which he leveled with the audience by
admitting that the AV industry needs
the younger generation more than
they need the AV industry - to the
panel discussions that followed, the
content program engaged the young
women and men in attendance.
And, hopefully, the presentations
inspired some thought. Promisingly,
the students in attendance reflected
diversity across every metric,
offering the hope of a better, more
equitable industry in coming years.
Among the panelists and
presenters were Kristin Bidwell,
CTS; Brittany DiCesare, CTS; Dr.
Beth Gordon; Gina Sansivero; and
Jennifer Weaver. In a panel emceed
by AVNation's Tim Albright, they
offered personal testimonies of how
they found their way into the industry
and shared the advice that they'd
bestow to others. These powerful
women in AV underscored the value
of internships and mentorship again
and again, and they invited the " AV
curious " to check out #AVintheAM
on Sunday morning to see what the
#avtweeps community is all about.
Meanwhile, it was wonderful to see
Jabra's Sharath Abraham led a panel
populated by Pace students, who
shared their own thoughts on how
they're laying the groundwork for their
career and how the pro AV industry
could entice them. One female
student simply said, " A lot more
colleges should have audiovisual
technology programs, " while
emphasizing that these programs
should also offer hands-on training
opportunities. This is a statement that
the industry has rallied behind for
years; however, it was refreshing to
hear it from a student's own voice.
During the A/V Talent Summit at Pace University, some of our industry's female
luminaries spoke directly to young girls and members of marginalized communities
about how they can forge their own path into the AV industry.
Crestron is Doing
Outreach to Trade Schools
Tapping a similar vein, Crestron has sought
to bring the AV world to students at all
levels, including those in high school and
attending community colleges. Richard
Sasson, Crestron's global director, pro
community, remarks, " Although [colleges
and universities] teach broadcasting - a
typeset of AV - there is no recognized education
path for AV. " Commending Miller
and Chacko's efforts at Pace, he adds that
efforts to impart a well-rounded education
program are starting to pick up. " At Crestron,
too, we're working with Warren High
School, [which] now has a fully accredited
AV education program, " Sasson states. " We
are also working with Sheffield Institute
and Lincoln Technical Institute to bring our
training programs [to] their institutions. "
According to Sasson, there is certainly
a demand for AV education at all ends of
the spectrum. " Everywhere we go, there
is AV surrounding us, " he enthuses. " And
we need the success and power of educating
the next generation as new influences
and technologies arise. " Sasson emphasizes
a key hope of his: " ...that we can
bring in the younger generation and set
them up for a phenomenal career - not
one that they stumbled into. "
Turning to the details of the training
program itself, Sasson explains that the
career-based educational training stems
from Crestron's other training programs,
focused on programming its products. " It
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evolved from teaching how to install and
program Crestron products to [how to] design,
commission, sell and be successful
with our portfolio and platform, " he states.
" We saw this as an opportunity to bring to
the next generation the skills required to
be a technician, designer or programmer. "
Forging a Tangible Career Path
From Sasson's perspective, the idea is to
forge a tangible career path for students,
whether they're attending a university,
high school or trade school. " Audiovisual
technology is such an important trade,
and it involves more than just AV, " he explains.
Indeed, Sasson says that students
in the program learn how to examine a
room or an office and recognize all the
aspects needed to transform it into a fully
functional space. " We are focused on
providing that hands-on experience, " he
states. " And some students are actually
configuring systems from scratch. " Like
Miller and Chacko, Sasson believes that offering
a broad range of certifications and
coursework will considerably enhance the
quality and breadth of students' skill sets.
For the students, the experience has
been nothing short of exceptional. " They
have enjoyed working with different kinds
of technology, along with learning beyond
just AV, " Sasson proclaims. " They have
picked up the integration of security [and]
fire alarms, as well as HVAC systems,
after which they ultimately choose their
WES BROWN

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