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poster and TV tech crew at event

The Telecom team livestreamed the seventh annual New Horizons Build Hampton Roads "Good Life Solution" Career Selection Day Ceremony May 9.

Telecom has covered the event since 2020, and it has become part of their busy spring routine, which also includes Christopher Newport University commencement as well as all six NNPS graduations, and many performances and awards ceremonies in between.

Career Selection Day is a celebration of New Horizons students joining the workforce. It is modeled after sports signing days for athletes committing to a college team.

According to their website, New Horizons Regional Education Center (NHREC) is operated by the six Peninsula school divisions to efficiently provide educational services through a regional partnership, with the goal being to help develop a world-class workforce and self-sufficient citizens.

The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) is part of New Horizons and offers training in a wide range of jobs, such as HVAC, Welding, and Criminal Justice.

Held at Liberty Live Church in Hampton, the Career Selection Day event publicly acknowledges the program's students, employers, community members, and stakeholders. It features the announcement of employers and the graduates who will become new employees at their company. The student receives an offer letter and a company hat.

The streaming crew has a quick meeting prior to the start of the Career Selection Day Ceremony.
Photo: Ray Price

Represented industries include automotive, electrical, construction, advanced manufacturing, and technology/cybersecurity.

The Telecom crew used their ATEM Mini Pro portable switcher for the four-camera production.

Telecom Supervisor Ray Price led the crew, which included Telecom alumni Brandon Hedgepeth as director, and Josh Stuck and Collin Smalls on camera.

Current Telecom students Donovan Crowder and Chase Willett (Woodside High juniors) were also camera operators, while Ryan Hedgepeth (Woodside Senior) handled audio and Ethan Clinkenbeard (Woodside Senior) served as Technical Advisor.

As always, Executive Director of New Horizons, Casey Roberts, recognized the production crew in his welcome speech, asking for a round of applause for Price and the TV team.