LITTLE FALLS, NJ - A partnership between Passaic Valley Regional High School (PV) and Montclair State University, School of Communication and Media was signed on Nov. 19 by PV Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo and MSU Director of Communication and Media Dr. Keith Strudler.

PV is partnering with Montclair State's School of Communication and Media to support the high school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Broadcasting Program. Students enrolled in PV's CTE Broadcasting Program will have an opportunity to closely explore majors and programs offered by the School of Communication and Media and gain exceptional, real-world experience through structured learning experiences. Students may also earn college credit through a dual enrollment program.

The newly formed partnership between PV and MSU was announced in the high school’s auditorium in front of faculty and staff, educators, and students.

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"Today is important to PV for so many reasons," Cardillo said, "most importantly for the opportunities our students have in accessing cutting-edge educational opportunities and collaboration with our new partner Montclair State University, specifically its new school of Communication and Media."

Speaking before the audience, Cardillo continued, “This partnership with MSU assures us that our students will have structured learning experiences within a new college career sequence, as we now have evolved to a 21st Century college and career pathway. Students will see there is no place like home, as home can be just right up the hill at the School of Communication and Media at MSU."

MSU’s School of Communication and Media offers dynamic programs in communication and media which include media arts, communication studies, filmmaking, journalism, public relations, television production, audio/sound design, and sports media and journalism. Students in these communication study majors will be ready as they begin launching their careers in media sectors as entertainment, health, sports, and corporate and public communications.

Over several months, PV educators have collaborated with Dr. Keith Strulder, director of the School of Communication and Media at MSU, to design a successful and productive partnership and dual enrollment program.

“This collaboration allows students to benefit from exceptional and coherent technical educational opportunities and partnerships that enhance Passaic Valley High school’s rigorous curriculum and learning environments,” said Patricia Palmiere, supervisor of Career and Technical Education (CTE) at PV.

Strulder noted that building strong working partnerships with high schools with a strong commitment to MSU's discipline is critical in accomplishing all the university's collective missions.

"To help build and prepare the next generation of educated citizens whom will take the tools of our trade to make this world a better place, there has never been a time that demanded qualified media professionals than right now,” he said.

The partnership will place PV students at the forefront of the digital, communication, and media landscape. As the newly formed relationship between PV and MSU continues to develop, students are provided with opportunities to earn college credit through a dual enrollment program. They are also encouraged to dig deeper in theory and practice, to visit MSU campus, and to work with their faculty and students and hopefully aspire to join the MSU community just right up the hill from PV.

Billy, a junior at PV, spoke of his excitement for his high school’s new partnership with MSU stating, “The programs here at PV has exposed me to various areas of communication and media, that I mostly likely would not have been exposed to until college. The skill set I have obtained has personally helped me prepare for being on air, or behind the scenes in broadcasting and media. Through this program I have been taught more than just the technical aspects, I've been taught the importance of working as a team, and how to trust my inner voice.”

Julianna, a junior at PV and vice president of the TV production club stated, ”I feel lucky to have in-depth courses and clubs that push students to perfect their studies in broadcasting. I plan to studying media when I go to college, and the foundations I have learned at PVTV have prepared me to produce in the real world. I believe this partnership with MSU further supports the quality, rigor and over excitement of PVTV.”

Mayor James Damiano of Little Falls was one of the attendees present at the event and expressed his excitement and support of the newly formed partnership stating, “The partnership between PV and MSU will provide students in the three districts the experience and education they need to begin college while still being at home in PV.”