National CTE Month stories: Pasadena ISD’s Audio and Video programs

National CTE Month stories: Pasadena ISD’s Audio and Video programs
Posted on 03/03/2020
National CTE Month stories: Pasadena ISD’s Audio and Video programs

By Kadey Heidrich
PISD Communications


In the third installment of our National CTE recognition series, Pasadena ISD is highlighting the Audio and Visual (AV) programs throughout our district.

AV programs provide students with hands-on experience and job-specific training. Through PISD’s AV programs, students are able to use professional-grade tools and software to study all aspects of production including sound, lighting, filming, video editing and directing, while building a portfolio of past projects to show to future employers. Upon graduation, AV students will graduate with years of industry knowledge, gaining a competitive edge on those of similar age. Students who choose to study AV during high school can build a career in broadcast journalism, film, television, radio and much more.

The McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament is one of the largest hands-on projects Pasadena ISD’s AV students have the opportunity to take part in. During the multi-day tournament, students provide video coverage for the games, conduct interviews and manage social media accounts. AV students during the Invitational gain sought after work experience similar to that of an internship, while learning about the importance of time management and teamwork. 

“From state-of-the-art facilities, to numerous real world experiences at the industry level,” says former CTHS student Eduardo Verastegui. “The AV program at CTHS helped me immensely in acquiring professional video production skills as well as to build up a digital reel of sample work to show to employers within the field."

Each AV program in PISD is led by instructors who want to best prepare their students for their chosen career fields. At Sam Rayburn High School, Digital Media instructor Mahabub Alam’s students create content for homeroom lessons and Rayburn’s campus news series “Planet Rayburn.” At the beginning of each week, the class focuses on a specific topic and throughout the week, creates a project. The best student projects are featured as segments on Planet Rayburn. Additionally, students in Rayburn’s AV program have the opportunity to become certified in Abode Photoshop and Premiere Pro programs.

At Tegeler Career Center, AV instructor Raymond H. Quoyeser is proud to lead a student-driven program.

“The students are involved with planning the projects, executing the projects and delivering the projects,” says Quoyeser.

Students in the AV program at Tegeler focus on various projects throughout the school year including student pictures, yearbook, senior slide show and senior class pictures, along with providing coverage of larger events such as the Pasadena Construction Expo, McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament and graduation. Senior pictures, which are sometimes a costly expense, are also provided by Tegeler’s AV program. Upon graduation, all digital pictures of the seniors are given to them as a gift.

While Tegeler’s students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in their career field, Quoyeser believes the program provides benefits outside of technical skills.

“The real value comes not from the use of the technology but in the kids having to work with other people,” says Quoyeser. “I enjoy watching the students explain their ideas, work through situations and celebrate their success or the success of a teammate. Often, they overcome and solve more issues than they realize.” 

Scott Cundiff, the Video Technology teacher at South Houston High School, encourages students to take a leadership role in his program, as well.

“’Trojan TV’ is the heart of our program,” says Cundiff. “It is truly a student-driven show.”

In SHHS’s program, the main focus of the program is Trojan TV, a daily three- to nine-minute show that focuses on sporting events, concerts, plays and any other school-related news. In addition to focusing on Trojan TV, SHHS AV students also play a major role during the Invitational. In preparation for the event, students set-up equipment days ahead of time and collaborate with students in the journalism class to prepare interviews. During the Invitational, every game at SHHS is live-streamed and has been for the past four years.

At Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School, students in the Audio and Video production pathway cover large events such as Pasadena’s Taste of the Town and the McDonald’s Texas Invitational, along with smaller events such as weddings, quinceaneras and sweet sixteen birthday parties. Students in the AV pathway at CTHS participate in the program all four years of high school and gain hands-on experience in aspects of audio and visual production including filming, sound production, lighting and video editing. Leading the program is Troy Eckles, the Electronics Technology instructor.

Through their most recent project, CTHS students have the opportunity to partner with the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce to produce a new web series, “Discover Pasadena.” The new series will focus on positive area news stories such as improvements happening within the city and business development. 

“The students here absolutely have potential. They take initiative, stay on task and do a great job,” says Eckles.