The Learning Lab at CPBN Celebrates Its Open House on Tuesday, October 1

Release Date: 10/18/2013

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lee Newton

lnewton@cptv.org

(860) 275-7285

cpbn.org, cptv.org, wnpr.org

 

The Learning Lab at CPBN Celebrates Its

Open House on Tuesday, October 1

Reception Begins at 5 p.m. with Formal Program at 6 p.m.

1049 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut

**Press are Invited to Attend**

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (September 26, 2013) – On October 1, the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) – parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio – is celebrating a remarkable achievement: the opening of the Learning Lab.

The first of its kind in the nation, the Learning Lab is a unique educational initiative utilizing a $3.5 million investment in equipment and technology infrastructure to facilitate learning and spark creativity in students and adults. This state-of-the-art facility was designed by lead architect Robert Roach of Friar Associates in Farmington, Conn. and renovated by KBE Building Corporation, also in Farmington.

 

With 20,000 square feet of classroom and studio space housed on two floors of CPBN’s Asylum Hill facility in Hartford, the Learning Lab serves as a satellite campus for the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School and engages high school seniors to learn about, experience and practice broadcast journalism under the guidance of CPBN career professionals. Through an agreement with the Hartford Public Schools, the school’s senior class will spend a year at the Learning Lab developing their capstone and media portfolios enabling them to strengthen their understanding of academic subjects while developing critical career and life skills. Classes began on August 28.

 

In addition to the space serving high school students during the day, the Learning Lab also provides relevant workforce development programs for post-9/11 veterans in the evening. The Learning Lab’s Veterans Vocational Training Program (VVTP) helps returning vets build new career skills in digital media applications, such as video production, computer game design and web development. The first VVTP class of 26 veterans began their semester in August 2013 and will complete their certifications in December 2013, with a new class starting in January 2014.

 

On Tuesday, October 1, the newly renovated Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School at 150 Tower Avenue in Hartford will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. dedicating the new facility. Later that day, the Learning Lab Open House Celebration at 1049 Asylum Avenue in Hartford will begin with an evening reception at 5 p.m., followed by the formal program at 6 p.m. Press are encouraged to attend. There will be photo opportunities with CPBN executives, Hartford Public School officials, key donors and more. Please contact Lee Newton at lnewton@cptv.org or (860) 275-7285 if you’d like to attend.

 

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit cpbn.org

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