Kansas City Kansas Community College Workforce Development recently held its first Digital Storytelling Forum.
The purpose of the event, which was Thursday, Sept. 26, at KCKCC-TEC, was to inform the public about the numerous job opportunities in the field of Digital Storytelling, according to a spokesman. Digital storytelling uses the computer as well as web and digital technologies to tell a story or create a narrative. This type of technology can be seen in a variety of ways including videos, web pages, advertisement phone apps and more.
Current estimates put the number of jobs in Digital Storytelling at almost 35,000 in the Kansas City region. According to the Mid-America Regional Council, that number is expected to grow by 15.2 percent by 2022. These jobs include everything from advertising and multimedia production to social media, video production and entertainment.
Ryan Weber, president of KCnext and a speaker at the forum, charged the participants to support Kansas City as being the epicenter for Digital Storytelling.
Among the forum’s 92 attendees were students from Bonner Springs and Piper high schools as well as current KCKCC students, instructors, resource specialists and a variety of employers. Jay Matlack, workforce development coordinator at KCKCC, said the forum had several objectives.
“The objectives of the forum was to acquaint local businesses with the wide variety of courses KCKCC offers in preparation for employment opportunities within the diverse field of Digital Storytelling, to introduce students and community members to local businesses and possible career options and to build a strong working relationships within the community and the local businesses needing skilled employees and interns,” he said. “We felt as though all objectives were met, many connections have been made between the talented workforce, and the employers who attended and we are still receiving results. Many students have found internship and employment opportunities, employers found qualified freelancers, and students have learned about opportunities to improve their employment status in a field they are passionate about.”
The forum was supported by the regional KC Accelerator project that is funded by the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Small Business Administration.
For additional information about this forum, the outcomes or future plans, contact Jay Matlack at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 913-288-7210.
- Story from KCKCC