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You’re already on Facebook, you’re tweeting, you just instagrammed your lunch–so why not learn how to use social media strategically and be an asset for your future employer? You will have an opportunity to do just that by taking COM*120 Social Media, a new course introduced to the College as part of the Center for New Media. So I’ve come up with a few reasons why you should totally sign up for this class for the summer or fall semester.

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Here are the top three reasons why you should take this course:

1. Stand Out! Few community colleges and four year universities in the state are offering courses on social media. According to Dr. William Ward of Syracuse University, universities are failing at teaching social media. Yet, there’s a huge need in the marketplace for people who know how to use social media. Job postings requiring social media skills have risen over the past few years and companies are looking to fill these positions. Though college graduates these days are known as “social natives,” few have had proper training on using social media strategically. By taking Social Media, you’ll learn new skills to put on your resume to help set you apart. Besides learning about the major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc), you’ll also learn how to create content for these platforms.

2. Build Your Brand! When you apply for an internship or job, you will be facing fierce competition. And no matter what industry you want to work in, you will need to build your brand and show off the skills you have. Through this course, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to build your brand–your resume, your voice, and your online life. An important component of this course is learning to use social media professionally. Retweeting Jimmy Fallon’s (@jimmyfallon) latest tweet is great, but harnessing the power of social media has a greater payoff. Because what happens when a HR manager googles your name after you apply to your dream job or internship? Will they find a professional who knows how to use present themselves–or will they find your latest Facebook post bashing your boss or the Instagram of you at a party with your friends? Don’t worry! At the end of this course, you will end up a better of idea on how you will present yourself so HR managers will like what they see.

3. It’s Relevant! With social media, things are constantly changing down to the minute and have an effect on a plethora of industries! The topics covered in Social Media can be applied to almost any field that you want to work in. And no matter what your major is, this course can count as an elective. If you want to be a teacher, learn about new technology that you can incorporate in the classroom when you land your first teaching gig. If you’re a business major, learn what’s next in social media communications so you can use it when you enter the workforce (and impress your new boss!). Maybe you wind up as an environmental scientist. In that case, you can run your department’s blog on all the awesome things you do at work. The possibilities are endless!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*120, 3 credits, Social Media
This course will introduce students to various forms of social media and how to use them strategically. Students will learn about leading social media platforms and tools, who uses them, and how they have transformed the way we interconnect and interact with the world, both personally and professionally. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge by participating on different social media platforms through interactive class projects. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101.

Class Meeting Times
Online, CRN: 3199

Email Randi Plake at rplake@mxcc.edu to see a syllabus or if you have any questions.

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Randi Plake is the program assistant  for the Center for New Media. She is is passionate about social media and will gladly talk your ear off about it.

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COM*125/DGA*125 New Media Production is a new course, introduced to MxCC last year as part of the Center for New Media. In case you were wondering what new media is or how this class could be useful, I’ve come up with a few reasons why you should absolutely sign up for this class for the spring semester.

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Here are the top three reasons why you should take this course:

1. Brand Yourself! Let’s face it–when you graduate from college there’s going to be a lot of competition. Today, hundreds of people are applying for one position. How will you stand out? No matter what field or industry you work in, standing out among the competition is key. When you take New Media Production, you will learn how to use many different digital media such as web design for your portfolio and social media to get your name out there.

2.There’s Two Sections! We are offering two sections, one at the Middletown campus and one online! The online section is great for any student that needs flexibility. And what’s cool is the on-ground class will be taught in the New Media Production Classroom that features top-of-the-line iMacs equipped with the latest production technology and software.

3. It’s Applicable! With the explosive growth of technology, the topics covered in New Media Production are applicable to almost every field. It’s even cross-listed in the catalog under Communication and Digital Arts because it’s relevant to both fields, and more! Another plus is that this class has no prerequisites! So no matter what your major is, this course can count as an elective. If you’re a business major, learn what’s next in communication technology so you can use it when you enter the workforce (and impress your new boss!). If you want to be a teacher, learn about new technology that you can incorporate in the classroom when you land your first teaching gig. Maybe you wind up as an environmental scientist. In that case, you can run your department’s blog on all the awesome things you do at work. The possibilities are endless!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*125/DGA*125, 3 credits, New Media Production
This course is an introduction to the production of new media. New media is an emerging communications technology that adds on-demand interactive access to media content fostering creative participation and community formation. Students will learn to develop and produce a variety of digital media including audio, video, photography, animation and web design and make that media accessible over the Internet and mobile devices through wikis, blogs, podcasts and social media. Students will use professional media creation tools such as cameras, video and audio editing applications, content management systems and Internet radio, music creation and podcast software.

Class Meeting Times
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1-1:5 0pm Middletown, Chapman Hall, 610 CRN: 3200 or 3021
Online, CRN: 3204 or 3205

rplakeRandi Plake is the program assistant  for the Center for New Media. She is is passionate about social media and will gladly talk your ear off about it.

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We are proud to present Media Minute, a series of educational videos on social media, geared towards businesses that want to get started with social media.

In our third video, learn more about Twitter and how you can leverage your brand in 140 characters or less in this video produced by Middlesex Community College’s Center for New Media, your source for all things new media!

Multimedia, Videos

MxCC’s Center for New Media is producing a series of  educational videos on social media, geared towards businesses that want to get started with social media called Media Minute. In this video, learn more about Tumblr and why sharable content can be a powerful tool for your company.

The videos are being released to the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce to be a resource for business owners in the area, and are available online to anyone who is interested in learning more about social media.

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 www.mxcc.edu/cnm.


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.

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