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Avid Kicks Off Academic Partner Program

Avid Technology, the developer of video and audio editing systems, has launched a new program for colleges and universities: the Avid Academic Partner program.

The new program--previously offered only in Europe--offers institutions in the United States and around the world discounted rates on Avid products and provides the opportunity for colleges to become Avid Certified Campuses.

Some other aspects of the program include:
  • Eligibility for faculty development grants;
  • Eligibility for student scholarships;
  • Access to on site visits by media professionals;
  • Avid curriculum support, including teaching methods;
  • Access to Avid textbooks; and
  • Discounts on training.
"Avid's commitment to educate students who are enrolled in media programs is having a direct impact on the quality and experience of those who are making their way into the professional world of digital content creation," said Meri Weingarten, director of post production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, in a prepared statement. "By providing access to a constantly-evolving curriculum and discounted industry-standard tools, the AAP program will not only enrich the experience for students who aspire to become professionals, but also arm faculty with the tools they need to improve the overall quality of education."

The Avid Academic Partner program is available to campuses that currently deploy Avid equipment and offer one or more degree programs "aimed at a career in the media industry."

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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