Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Road Trip Wins Telly Award

GPB is proud to announce that Road Trip's Episode 4, "Call of the Wildlife," has been honored with a Telly Award in the online educational programs category in the 28th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the best of local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.

Created by the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) in partnership with GPB and in association with the national Stay-in-School initiative, Road Trip is now an official hit in the world of educational programs and is among winners that represent the best work in the industry.

This unique and award-winning program, features a seriocomic story that follows two career counselors at the fictitious Callaway High School as they attempt to slow their county's alarming dropout rate by exposing students to the rewards of staying in school.

"Road Trip is an interesting, fun way for students to not only learn more about what the Technical College System of Georgia has to offer, but also see why it's essential that they stick to their studies," said Mike Light, DTAE's Executive Director of Communications.

In the winning Episode 4, "Call of the Wildlife," the counselors realize a college road trip is needed after hearing a student's concern that her best friend, bored with high school, is leaving just before her graduation. She wants to instead settle for a minimum wage job at the local animal park.

So it's off on a road trip to Athens Technical College where they see and hear from students being trained to work with animals of all types and sizes in the college's veterinary technician program. There's also a look at ATC's biotechnology programs, where students are being prepared to enter the high-paying, much sought after life sciences field that include everything from pharmaceuticals to genetic engineering.

Then it's on to Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro and a visit to the agribusiness program where students learn to take their love of the outdoors and turn it into profitable careers. The last trip is to Swainsboro Technical College to see first-hand how students in the college's fish and game management program are learning a wide variety of skills that lead to exciting jobs in wildlife conservation. View this episode.