Annual Report 2011: Training & Resources

In 2011, we had over 2000 enrollments in BAVC’s training program as over 700 adults took one or more classes at BAVC. A team of 25 instructors offered 289 courses to help mediamakers stay current with ever-changing, new technology.

94% of students rated BAVC classes between 4 ("good") to 5 ("blew me away").

47% of BAVC’s adult students were digital media professionals who took classes through their companies and 40% were adventurous storytellers and job seekers who enrolled independently.

85% of returning BAVC students training in the State of California’s ETP program reported an increase in salary.

We also helped unemployed students relaunch their careers with the help of California's EDD training funds and 80% of them found employment within 1-3 months of completing their certificate programs at BAVC.

In 2011 our most popular classes were Compression, Cinema 4D, Final Cut Pro: Introduction, Video Production, Photoshop: Introduction, After Effects: Introduction and Lighting and Video Production Bootcamp.

Another of our most popular classes debuted in 2011: DSLR Cinematography, in response to the overwhelming interest of this spectacular digital camera by professionals and prosumers, alike.

When Apple redesigned its long-time favorite editing software, leaving many professionals fuming, our newly-offered Premiere For Final Cut Pro Editors and Avid For Final Cut Editors classes were in high demand. We introduced Apple's Final Cut Pro X as a one day class and offer it along with the tried and true FCP 7.

2011 was also a year of laying the groundwork for important projects rolling out in 2012.

We collaborated with San Francisco City Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) for job training and career assistance on a successful proposal resulting in the introduction of new services in 2012. We also provided insight and expertise for OEWD's training proposal to the U.S. Dept of Labor (to be announced Summer 2012) for project-based and freelance workers, a significant portion of whom make up the digital media workforce.

In 2012 we also strategized to bring back free training to K-12 educators. While teachers continue to receive a 40% tuition discount off all BAVC classes, we know the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom and learned early in 2012 that our hard work in 2011 paid off as Adobe Youth Voices awarded BAVC funding for over 100 California teachers to gain storytelling instruction along with software tools to engage youth to tell their own stories.

In 2011 the Training & Resources team welcomed Mwende Hahesy as our Enrollment Advisor. Mwende brings to the organization expertise in the digital media landscape, a background in new media journalism and a love of connecting community with the tools they need.