Get Started

Step 1 – “Orientation”

This is the first step toward learning about volunteering and getting involved at MCM. Find out about the exciting world of television and broadband media at this overview of MCM services and opportunities for community members and prospective volunteers. Explore the basics of video production. Learn basic lessons in terminology and theory behind video production. This workshop prepares students for all specialized workshops offered at MCM.

Step 2 – Sign up for classes

Get started! Sign up for one of our Field and Studio, Technician, Producer or Editing classes.

Field Classes

Field (remote videotaping) classes teach students the essentials of producing programming in the field. It’s flexible and skills learned will help you in Studio classes.

Studio Classes

Studio classes teach students the elements of producing in the studio and trains you on all studio and control room equipment. Classes include Studio Technician and Studio Producer.

Step 3 – Get Certified

Once you take a class and pass the exam, you become certified to use MCM’s equipment and studios. You are now ready to produce your own show or volunteer on a show.

MCM staff will continue to be available with ongoing technical help and further training from the beginning of your project to the completed program. When your show is completed, MCM will provide you free air time for airing your show.

*MCM also offers equivalency exams to individuals who have a background in television production and would like to bypass the classes.*

Training FAQ

What class should I take?

To get started at Montgomery Community Media, you must first attend the Introduction To Video Basics class. It is designed to give community members a better understanding of Montgomery Community Media services. It is also the first step to any of the training paths for producers and technicians.

How much are classes?

It varies depending on the class. It can range from $20 – $300

When are the classes held and how many sessions?

It varies depending on the class. Montgomery Community Media has both weekday and weekend classes. The weekday classes are in the evening and there are morning classes on Saturday.

I already have a background in television production. Do I still need to take the classes?

Not necessarily. Some classes may be skipped by taking an equivalency exam.

Do I have to be a Montgomery County resident?

Yes and No. You do need to be a Montgomery County Resident to take our Producer Classes. All technician classes are available to both in and out of Montgomery County residents.