Little Falls schools, Creative Outpost join forces for students

LITTLE FALLS

The Creative Outpost, Inc., a non-profit organization seeking to promote career development and exploration for students, and the Little Falls City School District have announced a collaborative effort to provide learning opportunities for middle and high school students interested in pursuing trade skills for employment in high-growth media, film, and technology industries.

According to David E. Warner, founder, and chairman of The Creative Outpost, the idea for launching the organization’s workforce development initiative originated from his passion for ‘raising the bar’ regarding commercial content development.

The City is a film-friendly location, and the industry’s projected 21% job growth over the next 10 years seems perfect for the area, he said.

“We knew from the onset that if we wanted to inspire the content creators of tomorrow, we needed to introduce students to key players in the industry that have national and often global reputations for their extraordinary creativity and technical skill. Partnering with the Little Falls CSD has the potential to catapult our career exploration vision in terms of engaging students and facilitating workshops through their state-of-the-art, newly constructed computer lab, ”said Warner.

The Little Falls High School computer lab offers students the latest hardware and software for workshops, including 20 new Macs with 24-inch screens, optical mice, and Bluetooth keyboards. All computers are equipped with established industry programs like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and InDesign, to name a few.

There are also two laser color printers and a Canon Image PROGRAF IPF8100 with 15 Apple iPad Pros equipped with Procreate, Adobe Spark, and Adobe Fresco for a seamless workflow between Apple
devices.

“We’re excited to partner with The Creative Outpost on their career exploration and development initiative. This collaborative program allows us to leverage our facility investment to benefit the community and our student population. With the power of a synergistic partnership like this, we are laying the groundwork for a unique learning ecosystem of academic programs, industry-led workshops, student internships, and future career opportunities for our youth, ”noted schools Superintendent Keith Levatino.

The intent of the Creative Outpost career exploration and development workshop program is to inspire and better prepare students to enter the content development industry. Either through a film or broadcast journalism course at the college level or to secure a non-degreed position as an entry-level intern or apprentice with relevant industry knowledge of business practices, terminology, and software tools, officials said.

For more information about Creative Outpost or to request a notification for upcoming workshops, see the website www.creativeoutpost.org.

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