High-Tech High School

By Kate Gaier
12:00 pm - August 26, 2006

A handful of Thomas County Central High School students are getting the chance of a lifetime. They're taking courses in Broadcast and TV Productions, a class that many schools don't even offer.

Randy Young, the instructor for the class, said, "We have students at all levels, nine through twelfth grade, 130 of them through the course of the day, largest program of its kind that I know of in the state."

Students are getting experience that could one day give them the upper hand when searching for a job.

Jessica Stanton, a senior in the class, said, "It's cool that you can go to high school and get your diploma and also have this and be like, ‘I went to school and I have this experience.’"

Not only is the class teaching them skills in advanced technology, it's helping them narrow down a possible career.

Brooke Johnson, a junior in the class, said, "I really enjoyed anchoring on the show and so, I don't know for sure, but that's definitely an option, doing something like that."

Young added, "A lot of our people have gone on to succeed in the workplace, a couple of folks that work for WCTV."

Whether they end up in front of the camera or behind it, these students are taking full advantage of what their high school has to offer. The Media Production course is awaiting a jumbo screen for the football stadium that will allow instant replay at all the games.