- Beaumont Independent School District
Nurturing Young Talents through Digital Communications
The Beaumont ISD Digital Communications Program is designed to nurture young talents, providing them with a platform to explore, create and innovate in the dynamic field of digital media. This Career and Technical Education (CTE) program goes beyond the traditional classroom experience, offering students hands-on training and exposure to real-world media production.
BISD CTE students with BISD-TV have had an exciting start to the 2023-24 school year. Those in the Digital Communications Program go beyond the classroom and demonstrate learned techniques and methods during “Friday Night Lights." Students assume the roles of Director, Technical Director, Audio Operator, Camera Operator, Video Playback Operator, Producer and Anchor. Students coordinate and execute the live broadcasts, work the cameras on the sidelines, conduct live interviews and operate the video monitors and the soundboards. They get to experience what being behind the scenes is all about and what goes into producing a live show from start to finish.
"It shows me how to do things better. How to produce better. At first, I didn't know much about editing, but now that I've taken the class, I pay closer attention to details," said Ja'Mericle Pearson, a Beaumont United sophomore.
To excel in the world of digital communications, mentorship is crucial. BISD TV’s program boasts a team of industry-experienced instructors who guide students every step of the way. Their expertise, coupled with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, ensures that students receive top-notch education and are well-prepared for future careers. In addition to the upperclassmen at the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), underclassmen can learn about Digital Communications fundamentals through their enrollment in the West Brook High School Bruin Broadcast program and the Beaumont United (BU) High School Timberwolves Network program.
More recently, an interest in Digital Communications was sparked at Charlton-Pollard Elementary with students presenting the idea of a media club to their principal.
Recent graduates of the program have amazing networking connections that open doors to potential career opportunities, proving that the BISD Digital Communications Program is a stepping stone to success. Caelan Carr (BU Class of 2019) is currently a senior at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin. “Caelan is one of the most talented students I've ever had in my class. While at UT, he worked as a member of the media for the Athletics Department and his excellent work has afforded him many opportunities on and off campus, including traveling internationally with the Women's Basketball Team and working for the NCAA on the field, taking pictures and recording videos at the College Football National Championship game the past two years. Words can't describe how proud I am of this young man. He's done everything right and it will pay off for him in the most major way. He is truly destined for greatness,” said Galen Douglas, Beaumont United Audio/Video Production teacher.
Whether students dream of becoming filmmakers, journalists, marketing experts, or content creators, this program equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen field. In a world where effective communication is paramount, the BISD Digital Communications Program is a great opportunity for aspiring digital media professionals.