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Etowah HS Audio-Video Technology and Film Program Earns Industry Certification

Posted On: Friday, May 20, 2016

Etowah High School's Audio-Video Technology and Film (AVTF) program has earned industry certification!

Etowah HS Video From left to right, Arayna Goodman, Kami Westgate, Sofia Weckerle, Sarah Podstata and teacher Linda Yunker watch the action as Sarah is filming.

According to the State Department of Education, when a program has become industry certified, “it received a ‘stamp of excellence,’ which represents the apex of program quality.  Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.”

The AVTF certification team visited Etowah HS in April to review the program, noting in its report: “The team found Etowah’s AVTF program to be strong and a recommended model for other schools to follow.  Overall excellent program.  The content of the courses is detailed, comprehensive and aligned with industry.  The instructor’s hard work and dedication to the program, not only at her school but others as well, is remarkable.”

Linda Yunker, the AVTF instructor at Etowah HS, teaches four levels of the class, which prepares students for a career in AVTF or for post-secondary study in the field.  Students in her classes learn about video production from initial writing to final editing, as well as camera operations, commonly used software (Photoshop, Garage Band, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut, Motion and others), industry ethics and career opportunities.  They produce segments for Etowah High’s weekly news show and also have the opportunity to film sporting events and assist in operating the Jumbotron in the Etowah HS football stadium.

AVTF is a Career Pathway offered at all CCSD high schools.

The State Department of Education is committed to the industry certification process as a part of its effort to strengthen technical and academic standards for all Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs.  For more information, see the DOE website at

Etowah HS Video Sarah Podstata checks the camera as she prepares to film.
Etowah HS Video Ryan Harris, dressed as singer Freddy Mercury, left and Miles Shoemaker, right, review lyrics on Ryan's phone before filming a music video assignment on a set in the classroom.
Etowah HS Video Rick Meighan edits his work at a computer station in the classroom.

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