Students studying media arts at Jamestown Community College will benefit from future expansion and renovation of facilities through a resolution approved recently by the college Board of Trustees.
The resolution initiates an estimated $750,000 project tentatively scheduled to be completed in spring 2014. Funding will be provided by the state construction fund, capital chargeback revenue and JCC Foundation support.
Included in the college's five-year capital master plan and recommended by program review panels for JCC's media arts and communication programs, the project complements funds within the five-year, $2 million federal Title III grant awarded to JCC in 2011, which will provide significant upgrades in equipment for JCC's Associate in Science degree program in media arts. The expansion and renovation will take place on the south side of the Hamilton Collegiate Center adjacent to Artworks, home of the college's visual art and communication programs.
"Preparing the future workforce to support the evolution of digital media and mass communications requires the college to provide state-of-the-art facilities and systems that include current technologies and platforms to address the needs of today and tomorrow," said Marilyn A. Zagora, vice president and dean of academic affairs. "We are grateful to the board for supporting this project which will allow us to fully capitalize on the equipment provided by the Title III grant."
The upgraded facilities and equipment will benefit several required and elective courses which serve the media arts and communication programs, including Introduction to Television Production, Digital Video Production, Rhetoric of Vision and Sound, Introduction to Broadcasting, and Studio Production Practicum. In addition, the creation of new facilities will allow for course development in areas such as multimedia integration, television news production, and television drama integrated with theatre.