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Fleming High School student Annie Cloud operates a scaled-down digger as Billy Elias with the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Manitoba and Leigha Cloud of Maples Collegiate look on during the 28th annual Brandon Career Symposium at the Keystone Centre on Tuesday.
With an inquisitive twinkle in his eye, 17-year-old Halen Ricker posed question after question to the second-year Assiniboine Community College students manning the multimedia control truck.
Danielle Furgason with Aveda Institute Winnipeg applies lipstick on Alicia McKenzie, a Grade 11 student from Goose Lake High School in Roblin, during the 28th annual Brandon Career Symposium on Tuesday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Fleming High School student Annie Cloud checks out the mobile production studio belonging to Assiniboine Community College’s Interactive Media Arts program during the 28th annual Brandon Career Symposium at the Keystone Centre on Tuesday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
"What is the best editing software?" "How do you cut from camera to camera?" "Do you work with animation programs?"
While he may not know it, the three-day Brandon Career Symposium was designed with the Vincent Massey Grade 11 student in mind.
"It’s neat because I’ve always seen some of the behind-the-scenes stuff on the news, but it’s nice to see an editing suite and control room in real life," Ricker said.
Multimedia is something Ricker said has always piqued his interest and getting a chance to not just see, but get a feel for some of the equipment has only heightened that passion.
"I’ve always been really interested in video editing, mainly because of YouTube — it makes you get interested in how the whole process works," Ricker said.
ACC video production instructor Greg Sherris said the symposium gives the school an excellent opportunity to showcase itself, focusing more on brand exposure than direct recruitment.
"These symposiums let people know what kind of programs exist within ACC," Sherris said. "It’s about letting them know that there is opportunity for young people to have a great career that can last a long time. A career that’s rewarding, unique and we think is a lot of fun."
It doesn’t hurt that the school’s interactive media arts program has some flashy gear to promote itself as high school students got a chance to see themselves on a green screen, control a boom-camera (jib) and cut from camera to camera in a state-of-the-art control room.
"It gives kids a chance to be involved and engaged, and they can get to be hands-on with some of the equipment," Sherris said.
"Today is about opening up alternative doors for kids and making sure they know you don’t have to go too far afield to get a rewarding career and some really interesting work."
With more than 100 exhibitors in fields as diverse as education to hairstyling and policing to banking, the symposium offered a little bit of everything.
Students were given a chance to swing a hammer, try their luck at trimming hair or simulate flying a plane, all with the goal of getting them to start thinking about their future.
"We’ve had more than 1,200 students come through the symposium today," co-ordinator Matt Duboff said.
While the symposium isn’t necessarily a job fair, where people come to find work or drop off resumés, Duboff said a lot of people use it as an educational tool to learn more about a specific career.
Weather wreaked havoc on the event this year, as 11 exhibitors had to cancel due to the snowfall on Monday.
"They were just not able to make it here because the roads were too bad or company policy doesn’t permit them to travel, but these things happen and we have no control over them," Duboff said.
Another 14 schools also cancelled, but Duboff said many of those classes will attend the symposium today as it wraps up at the Keystone Centre.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 6, 2013