Art and technology combine at Westchester Community College’s Center for Digital Studies in Peekskill, preparing the next workforce wave. And, there’s plenty of ways for students to learn in the 20,000-square-foot facility with 11 classrooms, equipped with multimedia technology, as well as five post-production studios. Inspiration abounds for about 2,000 students per year, thanks to its location in downtown Peekskill city, close to other cultural centers and art galleries.
Credit and Non-Credit Courses
The Center for Digital Studies delivers a host of credit courses in film, video editing, digital storytelling, CAD, 3-D printing, graphic design, painting, drawing, and more.
“One of the center’s goals is to foster access to arts technology and arts education to the community,” explained the Center’s director Sherry Mayo. “In the fall, she continued, “we’re answering another community need to offer training in hospitality so that incumbent workers may advance in their field with workforce ready skills.” Starting in October, the Center will be launching a program focused on culinary arts and workers in the food industry called The Hospitality Workforce Credential, which starts October 1, 2018. Courses are scheduled for Mondays from 9am to 11am, through November 19, 2018, and field work requirements will put those skills to work in real-time. For more information on the Center’s hospitality credential, contact 914-606-7300 or email [email protected].
Professionals in need of upgrading their skills and tech knowledge can apply for the short-term Quick Start classes, as well as 48 and 72-hour certificates in new digital design technology like UX/UI. Non-credit courses also include web programming, mobile applications development, SEO/analytics, and Coding for Kids. Get more information on these Peekskill programs, as well as class schedules and course descriptions.
The Center’s youth programs kicked off for the year in early July this year, with a heavy emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), preparing the next workforce in arts technology integration as prep for advanced study and work in a digital age. Get more information on future summer youth programs at Peekskill.
State-of-the-Art Gear, Stellar Faculty Guidance
Students of the Center can make use of the Peekskill campus’ Maker Space, which is set up with seven 3-D printers and 100 Apple workstations dedicated to digital imaging, digital filmmaking, animation, and interactive design.
A lending library with visual and audio recording equipment is also available to students so they can achieve their creations, which will be showcased in the Westchester Gallery at the Peekskill facility. Faculty, advisers, counselors, and lab assistants guide students through their individual programs. For a full list of faculty, as well as a general overview of what else the Peekskill campus has to offer, visit the Center for Digital Arts, Peekskill, online.