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Harlingen school district to launch media arts and communications academy

The brand-new Media Arts and Communications Academy will give students access to advanced TV, radio, and graphic arts production.

The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District's Media Arts and Communications Academy will give students access to advanced TV, radio, and graphic arts production.

"I’m a little bit jealous, because I wish I had this,” said Harlingen graduate Erika Delangel. “I feel like it's good for other students to experience a more advanced program. They are going to have everything state-of-the-art."

By the first day of school this year, the district will open its doors to the new Media Arts and Communications Academy.

"I’m very excited for the students, because this is giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and move on to a career, " said MACA graphic design teacher Belinda Treviño.

Students learning graphic design will be able to work directly with the community.

"Our students here at the academy are basically going to be working with clients,” Treviño said. “It's going to give them the opportunity to work one-on-one."

HCISD renovated the former Memorial Middle School band hall to house two large classrooms, graphic arts and a TV station. In the same facility, students will have access to a TV studio for filming and editing.

The total amount invested into the MACA was $300,000.

"Because we didn't have any major construction, a lot of it was painting, and trying to use everything we already had in place," said HCISD Assistant Superintendent for District Operations Oscar Tapia.

MACA students will go out across the district to do stories in the community that will air on the school's news channel. They will be able to shoot, write and edit stories, along with other video projects and mini-movies.

Instructors plan to teach the students everything they must know to carry them to secondary education, and an entry-level position.

The MACA is one of six new academies that's being created for the new year. More than 100 students are expected to be enrolled in the program by the time school begins this month.

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