F.I.R.S.T. Institute Celebrates 14 Years of Academic Excellence


ORLANDO, Fla., March 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- F.I.R.S.T. Institute is proud to announce its 14th anniversary as a licensed and accredited technical school. Students have access to several different academic programs for ultimate career success, including: Recording Arts & Show Production, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production and Graphic Design & Web Development.

After 14 years of academic excellence, F.I.R.S.T. is still going strong as a higher learning institution. The Orlando-based school receives rave reviews from both current students and alumni, who credit the institution with helping advance their careers in web development, graphic design, filmmaking and live show and music production.

F.I.R.S.T. Institute Graduate Spotlights

Samisoni "Big Makk" Koroitamudu was a famous Orlando DJ and music producer before he was killed tragically in a car crash on August 29, 2016. He graduated from the music production program at F.I.R.S.T., which he credited with teaching him the fundamentals needed to compete in the music industry as a producer.

Big Makk called this a “great school” because of the hands-on experience he gained while learning in small class sizes. He made his own mark in the local Orlando community as a DJ. But, it was the knowledge and skills he learned at F.I.R.S.T. that made him an international star. The technical school is currently working with the DJ’s mother to sponsor a music school scholarship in Big Makk’s honor.

Kenneth Brown is a F.I.R.S.T. Institute graduate who developed his own online platform for independent artists and entrepreneurs called My City Mondays. He credits the small class sizes with helping him become a successful developer. Brown says such settings allowed him to get one-on-one instruction when he needed it most.

According to Brown, graphic design and web development are for creative minds and creative thinkers. F.I.R.S.T. helped him tap into his creativity to transform his dreams into realities.

Rina Weems graduated from the music production program at F.I.R.S.T. Institute. She calls the program straight-forward, because you get to do what you actually came to do... make music. Weems credits the hands-on approach to teaching with helping her turn her passion into a lucrative career.

When asked what her favorite part of the program was, Weems told reporters it’s the connections that are created between the students and the instructors. Everyone has a way of motivating students, which keeps them excited about learning.

AC the Gift is a graduate of the recording arts program at F.I.R.S.T. Although he grew up in a musical family, the Orlando music producer credits the school with helping him take his skills to magnitudes he’d never imagined.

He was asked what he liked most about the music production school. AC the Gift said it was the smaller classroom sizes, hands down. This gave him the confidence he needed to ask questions in class, and work in a hands-on environment, intimidation free. Smaller classes also helped him create valuable bonds with fellow students and instructors that he still networks with today.

About the F.I.R.S.T. Institute Programs

F.I.R.S.T. Institute students learn the skills they need to launch entry-level careers at the school’s Orlando campus. Each student studies in a hands-on learning environment, using industry standard, up-to-date equipment and technology.

Recording Arts and Show Production Program

This program is for anyone interested in learning how to record, mix and produce audio for music, TV, movies, live show productions, commercials and more. Students learn the fundamentals of live sound reinforcement, audio engineering, audio visual production and music production. The curriculum was designed to guide students through the classroom instruction and hands-on lab and project work needed to master advanced audio engineering concepts. Each student must complete a real-world project, such as an album or other audio production, in order to graduate.

Digital Film and Video Production Program

Anyone who wants to learn how to direct, shoot and edit short films, music videos, commercials and more, could benefit from this program. Students learn all the aspects of high-definition video and cinema production, as well as broadcasting. They use industry-standard equipment and software programs used internationally by digital media professionals to create various types of video productions. Each student must submit a finished video, commercial or short film to apply their skills to real-world experiences before graduation.

Graphic Design and Web Development

This F.I.R.S.T. Institute program teaches students how to design and develop graphics and websites on professional levels. Students learn what it takes to enter the real world of graphic and web design and web development. It all begins with basic computer skills and the fundamentals of multimedia design. In time, students work their way towards learning advanced web programming and graphics techniques using industry standard software. Each student must complete hands-on projects, to prepare for a job as a designer or developer in the real world.

About F.I.R.S.T. Institute

F.I.R.S.T. Institute is licensed by the State of Florida’s Commission for Independent Education. This higher learning institution is accredited by the United States Department of Education recognized agency, Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training or ACCET.

All of the technical institution’s programs were designed with its students in mind. F.I.R.S.T. Institute pegs itself as more than just a training ground. It’s a community of creative people who share the same passions, be it audio and music production, web and graphic design, live show production or filmmaking.

Students learn everything they need to launch new careers, from technical experience to improving talent, from interpersonal skills to career development techniques. The instructors aim to share their gifts and talents with students, while helping them gain the knowledge they need to succeed. Together, staff and students create professional networks that help turn passions into lifelong paychecks.

The Career Development Department at F.I.R.S.T. Institute was established to ensure that all students are completely prepared to enter the job market upon graduation. Both current students and alumni have access to its job search services and internship opportunities. They gain access to career development services after completing half of their enrolled programs.

Program classes are offered in blocks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are morning, afternoon and evening classes available for convenience. Financial aid and student payment options are accepted.

The next program start date is Monday, March 19, 2018. Students starting on this date can graduate as early as February 22, 2019. Enrollment is open now.

Author: Alan Forbes
Organization: F.I.R.S.T. Institute
Address: 2309 Silver Star Rd, Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 316-8310


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