Penn College TV Series Receives ‘Communicator’ Award

The initial episode of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s “degrees that work.” series on public television, a co-production with WVIA-TV, has received an “Award of Distinction” in the documentary category of the 14th Annual Communicator Awards.

The “degrees that work.” series highlights career fields identified by state and federal labor officials as important for future employment growth.

The first episode profiled the field of nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of atoms and molecules to spur product development and medical research. It featured the experiences of Penn College alumnus Mark A. Atwater as he completed a semester at one of the nation’s top nanotechnology education facilities: The Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization.

Penn College offers an associate degree in electronics and computer engineering technology/nanofabrication technology. The major provides students with the opportunity for three semesters of study on the main campus in Williamsport followed by a final semester of study at the Penn State facility.

Christopher Leigh, video production coordinator, served as director/editor for the award-winning episode. Tom Speicher, video production developer, was writer/narrator. Christopher J. Legarski, instructional development specialist (multimedia/Web-based), provided animation of an atom, and Legarski, Leigh and Speicher all shot footage for the episode. Kevin Jones of WVIA provided graphics support, and WVIA provided advice to the college’s video-production team.

Elaine J. Lambert, director of college information and community relations; and Jennifer McLean, formerly director of instructional technology and distance learning and now director of counseling, career and disability services, served as executive producers for the episode.

The second episode of the “degrees that work.” series − profiling welding careers − is airing this month on WVIA. For more information about the “degrees that work.” series, visit online .

The Communicator Awards honor creative excellence for communications professionals. The annual competition honors the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. The Award of Distinction is presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and excellence.

The 14th Annual Communicator Awards received more than 8,500 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes. The awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, a 200-plus member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines.

Previously, the nanotechnology episode of the “degrees that work.” series was honored with a Bronze Telly Award. The Telly Awards recognize the best in local, regional and cable-television productions and video/film productions for the Web.

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