Television production class offers LCB Academy students real-world experience

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

During Barbe High School’s Veterans Day

program on Thursday, Jerard Jack wasn’t sitting in the bleachers

watching the performances

like most other students. Neither was Logan Hayes. Instead, both

were operating television cameras, checking wires and directing

other students filming the program.

Jack, a senior at Washington-Marion

High School, and Hayes, a junior at Sulphur High, take a television

production class through

Lake Charles-Boston Academy of Learning. Jack, Hayes and 12 other

students in the class all helped film Barbe’s program and

streamed it live on useducationtv.com.

Pam Dixon, the television production teacher at LC-B Academy, said her class was needed at Barbe on Thursday to stream the

event online for freshmen who couldn’t fit in the gym because there were too many guests and for the community as well.

Dixon said it took a lot of hard work and preparation for her students to get ready.

“The kids practiced directing for about two weeks in the studio, and they kind of fake shot,” Dixon said. “So today the kids

were able to pretty much take over. Adults will pitch in and help, but only if necessary. But the kids can pretty much set

up everything by themselves.”

Dixon said filming Barbe’s Veterans Day program was important to her students because it’s a real-world experience.

“They can practice and practice and

practice in the studio, but until they get out there, they don’t really

experience what

it’s really like and get the fun of it, the excitement of it, the

stress of it,” she said. “We also wanted this today to be

more of a community service project for them, and I am hoping that

even some of the retired veterans in the community watched.”

Dixon, who worked in television

production for years, started the class six years ago to enhance career

preparation for students.

The class is held Monday through Friday at the academy; students

from throughout Calcasieu Parish are bused in.

Dixon said her classroom has a full TV studio equipped with a control room and teleprompters. “It’s like a mini TV station,”

she said.

For students like Jack and Hayes, who hope to pursue careers in television production, the class gives them hands-on experience.

“You get to do things that you never thought you would be able to do,” Jack said. “Today I was technical director. I was the

one that switched the cameras over and did directing and worked camera three. It was fun.”

Dixon said the film of Barbe’s Veterans

Day program will be available to view anytime at useducationtv.com,

where the class

has its own page with videos it has made. Also, the Calcasieu

Parish Police Jury government channel will air it starting Nov.

15, she said.

Online: www.cpsb.org/academytv.