Trumbull Community Television gets grant for upgrades

Trumbull Community Television is getting some technology upgrades, thanks to a Public Educational and Governmental Programming and Education Technology Investment Account (PEGPETIA) state grant of $137,716.

The state grant will be used to purchase video, audio and production equipment that will convert all TCT programming to high-definition digital recording, editing, production and post production. It will support the hiring and training of additional videographers and enable it to expand and enhance its program offerings. It also provides new resources to Trumbull’s three high schools — Trumbull High School, St. Joseph’s High School and Christian Heritage School — and should enable all three to broaden their curricula.

Trumbull Superintendent Gary Cialfi called the grant “a great win for our schools.”

“It will make our high school’s new television studio a magnet for students in all grades, enable our high school students to pursue hands-on digital media production courses, provide opportunities for students to gain part time employment as videographers, editors and post production with TCT and provide valuable new skills for both college and employment bound students,” Cialfi said.

Connecticut’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) is the grantor. It is charged with funding PEGPETIA grants to support equipment purchases by schools. Trumbull High School will be allocated $70,590 of the grant and both St. Joseph High School and Christian Heritage School will each receive $33,563.

“The equipment purchased with these grant funds provides TCT with real world professional quality equipment that will improve the look and sound of our programming, simplify every step of the process — from recording through editing — and enable Trumbull students to learn by doing,” TCT Technology Chair Byron Campbell said.

Trumbull Community Television oversees Trumbull’s educational access television — Channel 17 on the Charter system and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

TCT records and shows Board of Education, Board of Finance and Town Council meetings as well as many town commissions and committees meetings. The channel also covers events of community interest, including the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, school events, and events and speakers at the Trumbull Library and Senior Center.

“This grant enables TCT to take another step forward in serving Trumbull,” Programming Chair Roy Fuchs said. “It will allow the Committee to hire and train new videographers and record and present more hours of weekly programming.”

“TCT will take a significant step for-ward with this equipment,” TCT Administrative Chair Kate Donahue added. “TCT is pleased to obtain significant new equipment that will enable it to better serve our community — and without expending Trumbull taxpayer dollars.”

Trumbull formed its Cable Advisory Committee in 2003 with an objective of “ensuring that the residents of Trumbull have excellent cable television” through “the creation, airing, and viewing of community access programming that presents news and information specific to the community.” This grant funds the next step in TCT’s program to be-come the essential source for local education, information and cultural programming.

First Selectman Timothy Herbst said the grant is “another recognition of what Trumbull is and does.”

“The grant will expand public access programming and make our residents more aware of their schools, their government and events and activities that enrich our community,” Herbst said.