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Video Production takes Oregon Tech

Nohea Waiwai’ole

Staff Writer

Klamath Community College (KCC) and part-time Oregon Tech Professor, Doug Kirby, is looking to fulfill digital media opportunities in Klamath Falls through student internships. The digital media program at KCC, which is partnered with Tech, has garnered much attention throughout the community. Business partnerships are looking for people qualified in media, especially video production.

Kirby has already placed many students in internships, but is looking for more students interested in video production to supply the demand throughout Klamath. Kirby has had students work for local businesses, non-profits, and even government agencies, such as the National Park Service.

“Things have really been expanding, so we now have a number of various partners, and growing, who are wanting these new digital media skills,” said Kirby. “We need videographers to produce video content, because in todays world most of the communication is online, and video is what sells. The demand is huge.”

The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree at KCC is fully transferable to Oregon Tech through the communication major. The KCC program has become popular amongst students and has already produced a number of students qualified to work in the community through internships, apprenticeships, and eventually jobs.

“I have a business background and consider myself an entrepreneur,” said Kirby.

“We are trying to fill a need in the community and keep students in Klamath after graduation.”

Getting students to stay in the community after graduation has been an ongoing goal and concern of the city of Klamath Falls. The demand in the video production industry is a good problem to have. The virtual nature of video production is especially beneficial for the isolated community because post-production work does not need to be done on site where filming takes place.

Kirby has partnered with the Herald and News, which is looking to train and hire digital media interns locally. Although the local paper has made cuts due to the state of print journalism, it is looking to expand its use of digital media. Video production is especially key to the papers growing use of online content and subscribers who exclusively read the paper online.

Students who both do or do not have formal training in video production and are interested in learning the skills are encouraged to contact Kirby. Skills and techniques can be learned through classes at Oregon Tech, KCC, or training sessions at the Herald and News. Contact Doug Kirby at: doug.kirby@oit.edu

 

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