THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Some Thomas County high school students are showing off their media skills and getting real-world experience working with businesses. The program that's helping students and business owners.
Thomas County Central High School and the Chamber of Commerce are calling a new collaboration "Lights...camera... action..."
"This is about as real as it gets," said Randy Young. Students are using skills learned in broadcasting classes to provide media content for local businesses.
"To work with the chamber collaboratively.. it's almost as if they're working with a client, which is unusual for high school kids," said Young.
Unusual... and time consuming. "Just balancing it with other stuff I have.. like football and wrestling.. and other class assignments," said Garrett Whitfield.
Although the students aren't getting paid-- they're benefiting in other ways.
"I saw it as a great opportunity to not only gain that experience but to also set up those relationships with businesses," said Whitfield.
Students will be graded on their finished products... and businesses have full control over the content after its completed.
"It's all theirs... that's exactly right," said Young. "The only thing that we ask is that is that the students will be able to use them to promote themselves because one of the things our students do is write portfolios to colleges and to businesses that they're interested in or possibly being hired at."
And if this year goes well, Media teacher Randy Young expects other business will want to join in. "Especially for the smaller businesses that don't have big PR budgets... to be able to tap into an opportunity to promote themselves and not have to spend a lot of money doing it."
More than thirty businesses are now working with students on projects that should be completed by the end of this year.