Come to the GCC to enhance your media and communication skills, get ahead in the job market, make use of our 21st-century media resources, rent equipment, and enjoy our comfortable seating and kitchenette.
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Expert written and oral communication, including presentation ability, were the skills most sought after in new hires according to a GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey,. And digital skills and digital literacy can become a significant advantage in a competitive job market, according to this report.
The GCC is located on the garden level of Jones library and emphasizes accessibility and universal design. The main entrance is through the garden patio between Proctor Hall and the library and can be reached by car. You can also enter through the library and go down the stairs.
Work with professional consultants with advanced degrees in their fields to plan, create, edit and refine writing, speaking and media projects.
Take your media work to the next level using our state-of-the art podcasting studio or our video studio.
The podcasting studio features the Rodecaster Pro audio console attached to four Rode dynamic microphones. Our setup makes it easy to create a podcast with up to four people, with each guest having a separate microphone and headphones. The Rodecaster is connected to PCs so that post processing can be done in-studio. With an additional cable, you can also make call-in guests part of your podcasting show through a mobile device. For field recording in other locations, lav microphones and a Zoom H-5 are available for check out. Students may use additional microphones including the following: the USB-based Blue Yeti microphone, which is renowned for its versatility and adjustable polar patterns; the Rode Procaster dynamic microphone that offers deep, rich sound; and AT 2035 Audio-Technica condenser microphone, which has an extended pick-up range. We also have an Audio-Technica directional microphone.
The video studio makes it a snap to record video interviews, take headshots for professional portfolios, and borrow equipment for field recording in other locations. Studio lights are available, along with muslin backdrops or optional greenscreen. A Canon XA 11 video camera and several DSLR cameras are available, along with tripods. We have some portable hard drives and SD cards that can be borrowed for use with the equipment. Two Macs are located in this studio.
The GCC has both PC and Mac computers licensed to use the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, which is the industry standard. Included in the suite are Premiere, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Audition, Publisher, InDesign, and many other programs. Adobe features a robust set of tutorials for software on its website. Complete your post processing work in the studios or on computers outside of the studios. Using the institution’s G Suite, you can easily save your work to the cloud.
Students are encouraged to apply for our competitive fellowship program, the GCC Fellows. The Fellows program offers selected students an elite experience that varies based on individual interests. In all cases, the GCC Fellows focus on taking their media and communication skills to the next level. Fellows are encouraged to add their fellowship to their resumes and develop their “elevator” pitch about the program, providing unique talking points for job interviews.
Come to a poetry reading, participate in a karaoke event, watch March Madness games, work on leveling up your career skills or focus on social media writing at a GCC workshop or event. Each semester the GCC hosts a variety of events to appeal to your interests, help you succeed in classes and learn new skills.
The GCC features a videowall in our lobby that can be used for competitive gaming and esports, sports replays, news channel comparisons, or other purposes; a cozy lounge area with different types of seating, a Power Tower portable mobile charging unit, a Luxor charging station for multiple mobile devices with a self-programmable locking door, and cafe-style tables; , a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave; and other spaces designed for individual and group projects. Whiteboards are also located throughout the GCC.
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