While Illinois Central College is proud to host the 2012 NJCAA National Championship, we are equally as proud to offer a variety of experiences as a learning opportunity for our students. These allow students to gain much needed professional experience while offering college staff and faculty some wonderful and creative insight from students. Learn how three different programs of study are getting real-world experience through this tournament...
Twelve PR students are applying concepts learned in the classroom as they assist with a variety of tournament functions, including pre-tournament set-up, attendance promotions, script writing for announcers, organizing half-time activities and entertainment, and working to provide “red carpet” treatment to 2012 tournament athletes. To successfully accomplish these tasks, students are using skills including news writing, event planning , social media, and the basics of marketing, image and branding. Each student will develop a portfolio of actual materials they create used during the tournament as well as a journal recording their involvement and experience.
Ever get frustrated trying to load a website on your phone because the webpage is not formatted correctly to fit the screen? Well, that shouldn’t be a problem with this website thanks to Aaron Wright. Wright, who is majoring in web development, was chosen for the internship because of his attention to detail, receptiveness, and tenacity to “strive for the latest and greatest” web viewpoints and techniques. His role includes creating the visual design and layout, scripting and coding for the site, and then implementing those elements into the webpage. These details make the site easily accessible for those who are visually impaired and for anyone who is viewing the site on-the-go on their phone or tablet.
ICC students with interest in broadcast and mass media will not only get national exposure and firsthand experience through their tournament work, but also valuable life skills including responsibility, the importance of punctuality, accountability, and how to put their abilities to good use. The ICC students will also be joined by students from neighboring Bradley University, in Peoria, to assist with broadcasting, webcasting, voice talent, audio, play-by-play analysis, color commentating, and lots of behind-the-scenes work.