Audio program changing lives at Pellissippi State

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — The Audio Production Engineering program at Pellissippi State gives students hands-on experience in the audio engineering field.

Audio Production Engineering Student working on the audio board at WDVX radio. / Source: WVLT

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“It’s life changing,” said Justin Hembree, who is an Audio Production Engineering student at Pellissippi State. “I didn’t think I could do this. I didn’t think it was an option.”

Hembree said the program changed his career path.

“I was just working retail jobs and just trying to figure it out,” said Hembree,

He fell in love with the program.

“One meeting I was like, ‘Okay I’m taking the class’,” said Hembree. “After one class I said, ‘Okay I’m signing up full-time for this’.”

It’s a two-year program where students learn all different areas of sound.

“We work with live music and run sound, making sure it’s audible and cleaning up the mix,” said Hembree.

Hembree said he has one semester left, but he’s already making waves for WDVX radio.

Program Coordinator Misha Goldman said the goal is to get students ready for the industry.

“It’s really nice to have these students getting the opportunity to work locally and regionally, to have a stable income and opportunities to work in a field they’re passionate about,” said Misha Goldman, who is the program coordinator for the Audio Production Engineering Program at Pellissipi State.

Hembree said he brings his classroom skills into work every day.

“It’s cool because here I utilize everything I learned at Pellissippi, whether it be post production editing, live sound or artist liaison,” said Hembree. “Anything you can think of, I use it here.”

Students who are a part of the program also have jobs for big festivals in Knoxville, such as, Big Ears, Rhythm and Blooms, and Pride.

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