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Make the Magic Happen Onstage with a Live Entertainment Technology Degree from LSC-Montgomery

Trevor Smith
Lone Star College-Montgomery’s live entertainment technology (LET) program allows students like Trevor Smith the ability to make entertainment magic happen, using all the latest and greatest timing and technology equipment to provide the grandest sound, lighting, and video experience imaginable.
Have you ever been to a concert or performance and wondered,
“how do they do that,” as you become mesmerized by the events alluringly simultaneous light and sound display? Have you ever had the desire to be a part of the behind-the-scenes coordination and excitement? Lone Star College-Montgomery’s live entertainment technology (LET) program makes entertainment magic happen for enthusiasts, using all the latest and greatest timing and technology equipment to provide the grandest sound, lighting, and video experience imaginable.

The college’s LET program provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to design, set up, operate and maintain specialty lighting, audio and video equipment for any variety of live entertainment productions.

 “The career possibilities are endless in this industry,” said Rob Kreps, program director and associate professor of theatre at LSC-Montgomery. “Anything from traditional live theatre, churches, and cruise ship industries, to shows such as Disney and Marvel Universe Live. Technicians can travel with bands, or even work for theme parks, or in the hotel industry.”

The perfect candidate for the program, according to Kreps, is someone who is a self-starter, a go-getter, and willing to take on any task. They need to have a creative mindset, the ability to ask questions, maintain a positive attitude under pressure – with a smile on their face, and be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment.

LSC-Montgomery offers level one and two certificate programs in either general live entertainment technology or video, and a level three live entertainment technology associate of applied science (AAS) degree in either general live entertainment technology or video.

All levels offer an internship, a chance for students to build experience with industry professionals and the opportunity to make job placement contacts after completion of the program.

Former LSC-Montgomery LET student Trevor Smith took advantage of an internship three years ago, with a local production solutions company. The Audio Visual Professional Group offered him a full time position to stay after his internship and he has been working for them ever since.

“One of the highlights of my job is the ability to travel,” Smith said. “There just aren’t enough technicians out there, so the career offers the flexibility to travel or work local, just because they are hungry for warm bodies.”

“The program is rapidly growing, and is gaining momentum in its seventh year,” Kreps said. “It’s only going to get bigger, and we will soon be getting new space because we have outgrown our current class space. Of course, that is a good growing pain to have!”

For more information on LSC-Montgomery’s LET program, visit LoneStar.edu/audio-visual-dept.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
 
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.  Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.  Dr. Steve Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.