POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 6:04am
Baton Rouge, La — The Recovery School District (RSD) and Pointe Coupee Central High School (PCCHS) announce the opening of a high-tech Apple Mac computer lab that will offer PCCHS students an opportunity to earn an industry-based certification. The digital media program at PCCHS is part of the Career and Technical Education Program spearheaded by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and offered in the RSD. Under the program, PCCHS partners with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and industry leaders to create curriculums that prepare students for college and careers.
"It is amazing what students can achieve when you provide them with state-of-the-art technology and a challenging and innovative curriculum," said RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. "These students are gaining valuable training that can lead to high-paying jobs and the digital media industry is gaining qualified candidates for their job vacancies. It is a win-win for all."
Dobard is looking forward to this inaugural class earning their certification. Students slated to complete the certification course will be entering into the workforce at the right time. Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets are seeing an influx of digital media companies locating to the area. Aggressive State tax incentives are luring international names to Louisiana, as well as attracting and retaining digital media entrepreneurs interested in launching their own companies.
"Now third in the nation at film production behind only California and New York, Louisiana is attracting the permanent operations of everything from Academy-Award-winning visual effects companies to the top names in digital media development," said Patrick Mulhearn, Director of Studio Operations, Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre. "Our native talent is perhaps our greatest natural resource in Louisiana. Proper training and employment opportunities for film and digital media students will keep that resource of creative minds here in our state for generations to come. "
In the near future, General Electric (GE), a Fortune 500 company, will be creating over 600 direct and indirect jobs at their Technology Center in New Orleans and Electronic Arts (EA) will soon be increasing their workforce from 400 to 600 in Baton Rouge. Looking to the future, students can rest assured that the digital media industry will continue to grow. According to a recent analysis by McKinsey & Co., Louisiana could create up to 23,000 direct and indirect jobs focused in the Digital Media and Software Industry in the next 20 years.
"Our school is thrilled to partner with Apple, LCTCS and industry leaders to create this computer lab and certification curriculum," said William McInnis, PCCHS Principal. "Our students are thriving in the program and we are excited about how this new program will open doors for their future."