A grant of nearly $50,000 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services will allow the Milford Central School District to update its library graphics lab through the Library Opportunities Generate Innovative Communities program, according to a media release.

The upgrades will enable students to produce video broadcasts for MCS and the community.

“We are very pleased and excited to have been selected to receive this generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which will allow us to provide new opportunities for our students and our community as a whole,” said Pamela Clarke, Milford librarian and project director.

Alexandra Kollisch, the high school art teacher, will teach a new class on video production, where students may work on self-directed projects or produce news segments, according to the release.

Students will be exposed to careers in videography, and a collaboration with Elizabeth Rickard, director of Career Opportunities in Rural Education will offer students interaction with a digital micro-credentialing platform, which provides experiential learning in the field in an effort to bolster future workplace performance, according to the release.

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information and new ideas in the arts, sciences and humanities,” said Kathryn K. Matthew, IMLS director. “They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other. IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant-making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

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