The New Castle Career Center Broadcasting Program recently received an upgrade to its equipment designed to benefit students in this department for generations to come. This was made possible by the Henry County Economic Development Corporation & Redevelopment Commision’s generous donation. “New Castle Career Center is so fortunate to have this amazing partnership,” said NCCC Director, Mackenzie Jackson.
Mike York has served as the instructor for this class since its inception approximately 32 years ago. According to York, the equipment hadn’t been upgraded in approximately 20 years. The new equipment, which was funded through a generous grant from the Henry County Redevelopment Commission, will make it possible for students to experience more current training in the broadcasting field.
Students enrolled in this program participate in a variety of broadcasting roles as part of their overall learning experience. During their time in the classroom, they discover how to write and produce. Students also have the opportunity to be on-air for the program’s radio station: Classic Hits 90.7 FM, WKPW.
The new equipment is still in the installation process. Once it is fully operational, the program’s overall efficiency will increase. With the equipment’s various features and options, work time in certain areas will be cut in half, allowing for more learning opportunities in other areas.
York is excited to see the many ways his students benefit from the update. “The newest and latest industry automation software is very important to train on,” he shared.
He looks forward to the continued excellence his program and the students participating in it have always strived for. As the second highest-powered high school radio in the state, there is a certain level of professionalism listeners expect every time students go on-air.
Students completing this program may continue their learning at college or may choose to go straight into the field. Past graduates are currently in roles such as an on-air radio personality, studio owner, DJ for an NFL team, and working with the Grand Ole Opry. If you are interested in joining the New Castle Career Center Broadcasting Program and would like more information follow the New Castle Career Center on Facebook, visit the website at nccareercenter.org, or call the New Castle Career Center at (765) 593-6680.