The Society of Broadcast Engineers recently announced that a student in Western Carolina University’s broadcasting program has earned its certified television operator professional certification.
The student earning the professional certification is Michael Rymell, son of Jennifer and Robert Rymell of Enka, and a 2002 graduate of Enka High School. Rymell is a communications majors at WCU in the broadcasting concentration. Students must pass a rigorous written examination to earn certification.
“The SBE exam is difficult and requires a lot of technical knowledge and expertise, and students must pass with a minimum score of 90 percent to earn the SBE certification. For a student to accomplish this while still in school is outstanding,” said Pat Acheson, assistant professor of communication and director of studio operations for Western’s Center for Applied Technology television studio.
The certification is designed to professionally recognize those qualified to serve as television master control room operators. Many television stations now require certification for employment as a master control operator or member of the technical staff. The 5,000-member SBE is a nonprofit professional organization formed in 1964 committed to serving the broadcast engineering industry.
SBE representatives say that Western is the only university in the southeastern United States to offer this level of professional certification to students prior to graduation.
“Today’s marketplace professional certification is fast becoming a requirement for employment in addition to a four-year degree,” said Acheson. “The SBE certification is a good indicator to a potential employer of a student’s knowledge, skills and his or her level of professional commitment. It can help students enter the broadcasting industry at a much higher level than other graduates.”
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