WVIA PR – ‘Working Class’ TV Episode Earns Telly Award

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PITTSTON, Pa. – The premiere episode of “Working Class,” a public television series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2016 Telly Award.


The series was honored with a bronze award statue and certificate.


The Telly Award is acknowledged as a premier award for film and video productions, including outstanding local, regional and cable programming. The 36th annual competition this year considered more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.


“Working Class: Dream and Do,” which premiered in January, appears regularly on WVIA. It also has aired on other Pennsylvania public television stations including WHYY and MindTV in Philadelphia, WQED in Pittsburgh, WLVT in Allentown, and WPSU in State College.


Executive producer of the “Working Class” series, Elaine J. Lambert, who serves as special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations at Penn College, said it was a special honor to earn the Telly Award for the first episode in the series.


“The series encourages audience members to consider their own interests and goals while learning more about 21st century career options,” Lambert said. “We took a bit of a risk in introducing this new concept. We could have stayed with the tried-and-true formula that we used for our previous Telly Award-winning series, “degrees that work.tv.” Instead, we decided to expand our content – to produce a one-hour documentary – and to film at locations around the state to create a film that we believe is as inspirational as it is informative.”


Lambert and Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator at Penn College, developed the series concept and approached Penn College and WVIA leaders with the idea in 2015.


“We know that careers are on the minds of parents and children as they go through the entire educational experience,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, President of the Pennsylvania College of Technology. “K-12 teachers can use the ‘Working Class’ series to encourage students to learn the basics of math, science and communication while showing them how these fundamentals are put to work in real careers throughout our society.”


Tom Curra, president and chief executive officer of WVIA Public Media, states "​WVIA takes pride in telling the great stories of the region and we are honored to have collaborated with a great institution like Penn College of Technology on this award winning documentary. Programs like these help highlight the best attributes of our area and give our viewers an informative, thought provoking dialogue.”


For the episode, Lambert conducted research and interviews, which were filmed by Leigh, who also directed and edited the documentary. Penn College student video production assistants Kashiki Harrison, of Williamsport, and Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, provided production support.


A full video version of the award-winning documentary is available on the series website at http://workingclass.tv. The website also offers short video clips related to topics explored in the episode, a blog written by the executive producer, and educator resources to help teachers and homeschooling parents incorporate the episode content into student learning experiences.

A second episode in the series, “Working Class: Build and Grow Green,” will premiere on WVIA on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Details are offered on the website, and Working Class TV Series updates are available via Facebook and Twitter.


For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.


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