Congratulations of Karla Santos ’15, recent graduate, who is now interning at WTNH Channel 8.

As the News Intern, she mainly works at the assignment desk investigating stories, writing stories, and setting up interviews. She goes out on the field with photographers and reporters to shoot interviews and sometimes broadcasts live from location. She also sits in the control room during live shows and learns how the producers and directors run the live shows. Weather is a different department, but she has had the opportunity to go out with meteorologists and cover weather related stories.

Karla credits Middlesex Community College for preparing her for this internship. She felt that the writing, editing, and production courses were more than useful and trained her well for this opportunity.

“I have to admit that I was nervous, but I knew that MxCC had prepared me with a set of skills that were perfect for the position,” said Karla. “Before the interview, I talked to some professors that gave me professional advice, and that helped build my confidence.”

The internship process was smooth. She applied for the internship and sent all of the needed documents with a recommendation letter from Peter Galgano, media associate for the Center for New Media. The best part was she found out the same day that she was selected for the internship!

Karla’s goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism at UCONN, where she is transferring to this fall. Someday she would love to be a reporter to broadcast the news. This internship seems like the perfect stepping stone to reach her career goals.


We are proud to present Career Connect, a series of educational videos on LinkedIn, geared towards today’s job seekers navigating this digital age.

With so many employers using it to find job candidates these days, LinkedIn’s social media network is fast becoming an essential part of any job search strategy. Want to learn more about this networking tool already being utilized by more than 300 million people? Our Career Connect video series provides tips on setting up your profile page, getting recommendations, and using LinkedIn to help showcase your workforce skills and experience. 

This video series was produced MxCC’s Corporate Media Center in collaboration with the CT Department of Labor. For the full list of videos in this series, click here.



Middlesex Community College’s Center for New Media is offering an exciting hands-on Professional Production Workshop. Working with professional media producers, editors, and videographers, students will have the opportunity to experience the competitive world of broadcast production.

David Bibbey, host of CPTV’s “All Things Connecticut,” and Douglas Bibbey of Hi5netTV, will act as producers and work with three teams of students who will compete to have their sizzle reel and program idea accepted by a panel of industry judges. The competition will teach students the techniques to produce commercially successful media programs.

“Students have innovative ideas and energy,” said David Bibbey, who has already collaborated with Middlesex students to produce the promo video about the summer program. “Connecting the college to industry is such a great opportunity for us all. When a project is ‘real,’ learning becomes more relevant and the process more impactful. This is the real deal, working with industry pros to produce three concept ‘sizzle reels’ to pitch for broadcast.”

Experienced faculty and media professionals from ESPN, CPTV, and other network-level production companies will lead each team. Students will choose either production or post-production. Production areas include camera, lighting, sound, assistant producing, and directing. Post-production areas include editing, post-production audio and music, graphics, and effects.

“At the Center for New Media, we are constantly striving to create real world opportunities for our students,” said Professor John Shafer, coordinator of the summer program. “We want to help students learn the skills that employers in the media industry are looking for.”

This advanced summer workshop, which runs July 6 to August 7, is a competitive and selective enrollment program. Students must have taken a video production course or have production experience to be accepted. The program is the first in the series of the Center for New Media’s Professional Summer Institute. Thanks to Center for New Media’s two million dollar grant from the Department of Labor students will be offered six college credits for the price of three. The cost of the program is $518.

For more information on the program visit, or contact Professor John Shafer at or 860-343-5811, or Lisa Simmons at or 860-343-5828.

About Middlesex Community College
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College ( is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.

About Hi5NetTV
Hi5netTV LLC, a CT based media production and consultancy company ( Connecticut Public Television’s “All Things Connecticut” began January 8th 2015, with a 20-week run of shows, with a new host for Season 6, David Bibbey. A charming and quirky Brit, David brings a new perspective and vision to the show for 2015.



Would you like the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work on a motion picture or television set?  In Connecticut’s growing film industry, production assistants are the most sought-after entry level position in this exciting field. Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion.

We expect this course to be very popular and to close quickly as we have limited seats. Last summer several participants received internships on films directly out of this course. Read the “Success Story” here.

This intensive 32-hour “Boot Camp” is an ideal way to learn the skills required to get your foot in the door in the film and television industry. Would you like the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work on a motion picture or television set? In Connecticut’s growing film industry, production assistants are the most sought-after, entry-level position in this exciting field. Skills learned include terminology, production organization and personnel, set etiquette and operations, radio communications, production office procedures, and understanding the various production forms, including call sheets and production reports. You will participate in mock-training exercises and learn all the basics about this position. Instruction also includes job search and interview techniques and how to make your resume attractive to producers and production managers. The course is taught by an experienced Assistant Director who is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Prerequisite: High-school diploma. Cost: $499, materials and textbook included. Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28, four Saturdays.

Click here for more information.

About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.

The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.

We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.

Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at

This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.