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Rogers donates mobile to school

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Niagara College Of Applied Arts & Technology
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WELLAND, Ont. - Last month Niagara College took the wrapper off its newest student tool, a mobile television production truck.

Donated by Rogers Television, the vehicle will be a key addition to the school's Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film (BRTF) program. Rogers also donated digital recording and editing equipment that will ensure students in the program learn on industry standard equipment.

"Niagara College prides itself on the practical, hands-on education and training we offer students, and it is through the generosity of industry leaders like Rogers Television that we are able to provide programs that reflect current industry standards and practices, said Dan Patterson, the college's president.

The 1989 Hino Turbo Diesel truck will now become an integral part of the BRTF program and will be used for the over 50 student productions made annually by second and third year students such as the Niagara Falls Christmas parade, the Knights of Columbus and Shriners Niagara fundraiser and various college and community sporting events. "The true value of the donation is immeasurable," said Leo Tiberi, dean of information and media studies. "This truck will be used to train students for years to come."

Staff at the college worked for several months installing the new gear and Niagara College is now one of four Ontario colleges to offer mobile production training.

"We often recruit from these schools so it's important to us for students to have access to modern equipment and real, hands-on production experience. Donating one of our mobile trucks is one way for us to help ensure our industry continues to have access to highly-skilled individuals once they're ready to enter the workforce," said Colette Watson, vice-president, Rogers Television.
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