Students from Stage Management Technician program complete training in California

Students from Stage Management Technician program complete training in California

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Sudbury, October 10, 2013 – Students from the Stage Management Technician program at Collège Boréal have recently completed on-the-job training in California and Toronto. Their ten-day trip included participation in the set-up of The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit at the Discovery Center in Santa Ana, visits to Warner Bros. Studios and Universal Studios in Los Angeles, attendance at the taping of Conan, a late-night talk show, and a visit to the remote recording studio, “Le Mobile” in San Diego.

In Toronto, the students had backstage access during the set-up and take down, of the Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013 concert at the Air Canada Centre. With LiveWire Remote Recorders Ltd, the participants observed the making of the Toronto Mass Choir DVD, and they visited the main warehouse of Christie Lites, the largest exclusive lighting supplier in North America.

“This educational trip was very beneficial for our students. They came back more confident and better informed. This experience will not only be an asset for their portfolio, but will help them set career goals, having witnessed large-scale productions of international caliber.  During job interviews, the students will also be able to showcase the diverse skills they acquired during their training,” said Program Manager, Mathieu Grainger.

By offering this international experience, Collège Boréal meets the needs of the labour market and contributes to the mobility of its students. Since 2011, the Stage Management Technician program has been designed to train specialists in lighting and sound for show productions and events, particularly through practical experience in the new state-of-the-art concert hall at Collège Boréal, and in the workplace through training opportunities, such as those in Toronto and California.

This project provides professional and personal enrichment for students and has been made possible through partnerships with Science North, the School of Arts at Collège Boréal and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. “We worked very hard and had a lot of fun during our training. I learned first-hand about many practical aspects of the trade. I feel reassured about my training; I made the right choice,” said Catherine Sabourin, a second-year student in the program.

About Collège Boréal
For the 12th time in 13 years, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation rate of Ontario’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology, and also attained for the 9th time in 12 years the highest graduate satisfaction rate of all these Anglophone and Francophone community colleges. Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of Northern and Central-Southwestern Ontario communities.


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