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The New Albany School District has taken another step forward in preparing students for being successful in college or in a career.
This fall the New Albany School of Career and Technical Education will offer high school students a new course program to help them with digital media skills.
According to Emily Reed, a curriculum specialist with Mississippi State University and a native of New Albany, the curriculum was developed so that it will serve both students headed to college and those headed to industry.
The classes will be taught by Mallorie Biffle.
The classes will provide in-depth instruction in three areas: computer graphics, multimedia and animation.
Reed said students may help the school or the district with public relations promotions, multimedia and online projects, Web site creation, publishing newsletters and football programs.
“We live in a very digital age where communication and even business is being conducted primarily online or in digital format,” she said. “The way the course is designed, students who complete the program are prepared to sit for four certifications that are recognized and highly regarded in the digital media industry, making them very marketable to employers.”
Jackie Ford, assistant superintendent, said he hopes students will embrace the new program and lots of students will take advantage of the classes.
We do, too. The days of hunt-and-peck typing, mimeographs and overhead projectors are all but gone. Our students need to be prepared for the digital world ahead.
We think is it yet another example of how the New Albany School District is working to keep our public schools at the forefront of education in our state.