The American firm Avid Technology – which manufactures the popular Pro Tools software – has named the College an Avid Learning Partner after two of its lecturers were awarded certified trainer status.
Since the early 1990s Pro Tools has been used to edit and mix music for some of the biggest names in the industry, as well as for blockbuster movies and best-selling video games.
And now students will benefit from expert teaching in the subject in addition to more than £100,000 worth of the most current Avid software donated to the College.
Lecturer Bill Hill – one of the two certified trainers alongside colleague Ben Gurney – said he was excited by the new partnership.
“There are only about 160 Avid Learning Partners in the world so this is not something many organisations can lay claim to,” he added.
“We can now provide a more professional approach to music technology than any school can, with everything taught by people with links to the industry and who still work in the industry.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to gain this sort of recognition from one of the biggest companies in the world, and another reason why MidKent College is such a great alternative to school sixth forms.”
The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology covers everything from music production, studio and live sound, to radio, film and video.
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