By Claudia Zequeira
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Howard Tate, part-time faculty, film production technology, knows the value of information and experience. And he brings a lot of it to Valencia College students with more than 25 years in television. But he believes his students need more.
Howard, who has worked on video projects as a producer and editor for media giants such as NBC, ESPN, ABC, Bravo, Oxygen and others, has consistently invited industry speakers to present to students in his classes. And many of these presentations have been interactive, requiring students to produce or create something in some capacity.
Last fall, before COVID-19 significantly altered our way of life, Howard invited Shellye Archambeau, one of Silicon Valley’s first female African American CEOs and a former executive at IBM, among other accomplishments, to speak to digital media and film students.
Howard, who has won several awards, including three Sports Emmy Awards, said Shellye gave students a bird’s eye view of industry and shared tips for success in a corporate environment. Shelley also discussed her career track, her failures and how she recovered from them. The students, meanwhile, asked questions and also recorded the talk, thus gaining needed hands-on knowledge and strengthening their portfolio.
“A lot of them [students] said they were really inspired,” said Howard. “They said Shellye gave them a lot of nuggets about how to navigate through technology, media and just life.”
Last January, Howard, who has taught courses such as Digital Video and Sound, Intro to the Film Process and others, also hosted Take 6, a Grammy Award winning gospel acapella group. While the group showed off their musical talents, students assisted with studio recording, filming a Vocal Master Class and, a car commercial for the group.
Also last spring, Howard had his students set up an outdoor studio and shoot a conversation with several District Board of Trustees members, who were interviewed by Faculty Association President Stanton Reed. The project provided an opportunity for students to learn their craft while also providing trustees a chance to interact with Valencia faculty and students and experience the institution firsthand.
“The students got to learn how to erect an outdoor studio and film outdoors,” said Howard. “They also got to learn a little bit about how Valencia is run.”
While he only began teaching at Valencia in 2019, Howard believes all of his efforts to integrate information and experience will result in stronger, better-prepared students and future professionals.
“When you can get that, it’s a win-win for everyone,” he said. “Students are creating and curating content and gaining experience, but the other part of the experience is the information they receive.”
But Howard, who also previously served as interim chair of the Digital Media department, also has a different agenda when he invites outside speakers in: to let industry know about the pool of talent found here.
“One of the things I really wanted to do with Valencia is to let the industry leaders know Valencia is a great place to recruit talent. My goal is to put Valencia on the map,” he said.
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