Video Communications

Explore cinematic arts and multimedia communications as they relate to careers in journalism, television/film, web and other multimedia industries. As part of this class you will explore all aspects of filmmaking, broadcasting and advertising. You will work with a team of students who share your goals to develop professional quality projects that will be viewed on STCN, a Stafford Technical Center Network of online television and Youtube programming, PEGTV, Vermont PBS and other stations. Our newly updated television studio and camera equipment offers a chance to explore your personal interests while gaining valuable skills. You will be using the control room and studio to create newscasts, film in front of the green screen, and grow as a videographer. This is your chance to be part of an award-winning program whose graduates have gone on to successful careers in Vermont and across the country.

What We Do

Students will use state of the art technology to take part in all aspects of video productions. They will develop skills towards becoming one of the top video producers in the field. The skills will include planning, writing, shooting, editing, and distributing their finished products over a professional medium. Course content develops critical thinking skills, visual storytelling, problem solving and creative expression. Internships are also possible for advanced students.

Program Instructor

Cristina Kumka

Cristina Kumka started her career in broadcast journalism at Emerson College in Boston. While earning her degree, she contributed to WERS 88.9FM, the college’s award-winning radio station, as a host and volunteer producer, worked as a press assistant in the office of then-Boston Mayor Tom Menino, and as a production assistant for NECN. From 2008 to 2012 she wrote for the Rutland Herald covering statewide education issues and breaking news. She most recently worked as the government channel coordinator, technical director, videographer and manager at PEGTV in Rutland. She has been a contributor to Vermont Public Radio, local radio, The Mountain Times newspaper and often acts as a journalism consultant to local high schools and colleges.
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Kevin Richer, Class of 2015

I went to Stafford because it was the place that was going to help me further my education in the career that I wanted. One of my best memories was directing a school wide lip-dub that showed off all the programs. Stafford helped me feel more prepared to go to college and study to be a meteorologist.



Program Advisory Committee

Patricia MinichelloMarketing/Communications GE Aviation
Chris HeckProgram Graduate/ Freelance film director
Patricia AignerRutland City Public Schools
Shane McFallsvideographer, art director, Mondo Marketing
David GiancolaFilmmaker
Brian Farnumfreelance photographer, MR employee
Amanda Wheeler802 Productions, Freelance Reporter/Producer
Brooke RupeFreelance Film Editor
Andrew WilsonOwner/Operator, West View Digital Video
Jeremy VanderKernAnnex Alternative Program FHUHS
Carlos DiazRandolph Digital Filmmaker Instructor

Dual Enrollment/College Credits

Articulation/Dual Enrollment: Community College of Vermont -up to 6 credits.


American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED


Average Career Salaries

JobsAverage Salary
Film Producer/Director$58,445
News Reporter$30,326
Lighting/Sound Technician$40,079
Technical Director$85,002

*Average Salaries for Vermont taken from Zip Recruiter ( in October 2020.


Requirements For This Program

Recommended Prerequisites: proficient in grade level reading and writing standards; strong interpersonal skills; effective communication skills; ability to work as part of a team; comfortable using technology
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 10

Scales for standards assessed in this program