Video Production Training Kicks in for Win
Trevor Kamhiriri was nervous. He and his teammate Melissa Martinez were at SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo. and had eight hours to shoot, edit, and screen a video about attracting large events to the convention center in Kansas City.
Then Kamhiriri’s video production training from Riverside City College kicked in. He outlined the shots he needed. He kept things simple. And he and Martinez made sure to include the convention center logo and contact information at the end of video.
It worked.The team won the national competition held this past June.
Kamhiriri, of Redlands, and Martinez, of Moreno Valley, were two of seven Riverside City College students who traveled to the national completion after winning a state competition in San Diego.
The other students all finished in the top 10 at the national competition. They were: Harold Brown, of Riverside, fourth place, graphic communication;
Since 1999, seven Riverside City College students have won first place honors at the national competition. Ten teams have placed second and three teams have placed third.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. At the competitions, awards are given in more than 90 areas, ranging from nursing to welding to graphics. Judges come from the respective industries.
“It’s a great way for students to connect to industry,” said Rich Finner, who coordinates the SkillsUSA effort at Riverside City College. “It provides them with connections they wouldn’t otherwise get.”
Kamhiriri, 21, who is originally from Zimbabwe, moved to Loma Linda when he was seven.
He attended Redlands High School, where he took a digital production class. He was also part of Digital Dogs, a group of students that produced a weekly show about happenings at the school.
After graduating in 2008, he moved on to Riverside City College. He continued taking broadcasting classes and was impressed by his advisers in the film, television and video program.
“All of them have been really encouraging and really helped me out,” Kamhiriri said.
That included helping him get internships with Riverside Public Utilities and the Riverside County Office of Education.
At the Riverside County Office of Education, Kamhiriri edited and shot video and did graphics work.
“He’s very diligent and a self starter,” said Tom Willman, manager of RCOE digital production services. “He has a lot of skills and he’s interested in building them.”
Kamhiriri recently graduated from Riverside City College and is now attending Cal State San Bernardino, where he is studying broadcasting. After graduating he would like to work in the broadcasting, possibly at a television news station.
About Riverside Community College District:
Riverside Community College District is the largest community college system in the Inland Southern California region. Serving a 540 sq. mile area and seven cities in western Riverside County, the district’s colleges and education centers educate and train nearly 50,000 students each year.