Get Empowered with Millbrook HS Digital Media Career Academy (DMCA)
Founded in the spring of 2014 and launched in the fall of 2014, the Millbrook High School Digital Media Career Academy is ever changing as it evolves to keep up with the demands and techniques present in the workplace today. The Academy graduated its second cohort (first cohort to participate in all four years) in May 2018!
Millbrook High School is home to many different academic and extracurricular activities of which students can participate. One fine example is Millbrook’s very own Digital Media Career Academy. The DMCA program provides a wide range of new skills and opportunities students can benefit from, such as workplace etiquette and professional level skills. Originally started in 2014 by Ms. Romano and Mrs. Cortwright, the DMCA has been drastically growing and improving as it gains new members and staff to contribute to the continued success of the academy.
The DMCA is now headed by Mrs. Kaushik. Regardless of who is in charge, the students’ development is always the top priority. The DMCA is a multiyear collaborative working environment for students to grow and develop extremely valuable skills with programs such as the Adobe Suite, which includes InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, and Illustrator.
Students are encouraged to join freshman year but are still eligible to join for their sophomore year. The sooner a student joins, the sooner they meet their fellow classmates in the academy who they will share the rest of their high school career with. Due to the nature of the program, students will build strong bonds with the others in their grade. Students will typically share two classes per grade level, one multimedia class and one academic class, with their fellow academy students, building a strong, cooperative, and friendly community with their classmates.
During their senior year, the academy students are required to locate and complete an internship. This puts the student’s years of development to the test and allows the students to experience a real-world working environment.
The DMCA allows students to establish newfound talents and goals. Senior Daniel Perry has the following insight to share about this program: “The DMCA has shown me that I can do things that I didn’t realize I could do before, allowing me to further the hopes of owning a business and knowing how to do a lot of the website information. This has shown me that students should join.” This goes to show that the DMCA offers great skills and opportunities to students for their future endeavors. The DMCA is a great way to build bonds with students, learn invaluable skills, and most importantly grow into a well-rounded adult ready to excel in the workforce. To find more info about the DMCA, connect with us on social media.
To foster twenty-first century skills to ensure our students are able to think creatively, critically, and collaboratively in preparation to compete globally in advanced educational and career settings.
Vision: Digital Media Academy produces opportunities for students interested in digital arts, and emergent technologies through hands-on experiences and industry certifications from work with industry mentors.
What is the DMCA?
Digital Media Career Academy provides students with the opportunities in their High School experience to collaborate and create through the use of state of the art workforce technologies
Students will participate in a mixture of career and academic classes at the same time
They give entrance requirements for four-year colleges and universities, as well as graduation requirements for the State of North Carolina.
They are designed to expose students to a full range of careers in that field.
What are the Benefits of a Career Academy?
The Digital Media Academy at Millbrook High School allows students to learn in a collaborative manner while enhancing and enriching the existing curriculum through integrated projects and a rich technology environment.
The Digital Media Academy provides students access to:
Integrated learning environments
A wide variety of technology resources
Business and industry expertise through:
- Presentations, demonstrations and seminars
- Field trips
- Job shadowing
The business involvement and work experience in digital media ﬁelds will set students apart from other job or college applicants.
Students completing the program will be equipped with communication technology and digital media skills needed to succeed in college and their careers.
Courses and Enrollment
Digital Media Career Academy Course Sequence
(additional core and elective courses are the choice of the student)
Within the confines of the DMCA, students are required to take certain courses each year. These classes are smaller in class-size and contain only Academy students within the same grade level. Through this model Academy students are able to truly get to know classmates and develop interpersonal skills which further prepare them for the diversity they will face in life within the real world.
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