Television production students take a trip

Western Carolina University’s television production students got an opportunity last Monday to get an inside view of the Events Center in Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

Professor, Mark Mattheis took this resource and used it as a learning tool for his students. Jo Blaylock, President of Human Resources and Neal Morgan, Entertainment Manager, showed the students around the casino’s Event Center. Students were able to get a close look at the equipment used to shoot events that take place in that venue.

“The skill associated with television production are not limited to just broadcasting. Many corporations have their own production units and Harrah’s entertainment venue is a good example of how the skills learned in class can be applied in the industry,” Mattheis said.

The Event Center at the casino, features many well known artists and performers. A few shows coming up that WCU students may look forward to are Montgomery Gentry, on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Bret Michaels on April 22 at 9:00 p.m.

Television production students were excited to get the opportunity to see the behind the scenes production especially after knowing that notable performers visit Harrahs Cherokee Casino. Mattheis also reiterates his concern for the students future, “There are opportunities near by for internships in sales, PR, and production. I believe the trip showed the students that opportunities are available in the their own back yard as well as world wide with the right organization.”