'Working Class' Documentary Series Earns Third Telly Award

Published 08.08.2018

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“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters,” produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2018 Bronze Telly Award.

Selected from more than 12,000 national and international entries, the Telly Awards represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. In 2018, PBS productions earned 33 Telly Awards, including several for “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.”

“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” is the third episode in the “Working Class” public television series to win a Telly Award. The series’ premiere episode, “Working Class: Dream & Do,” earned the award in 2016; “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” received the honor in 2017.

From left, Jacob R. Miller, Elaine J. Lambert, Edwin G. Owens, Lauren A. Rhodes, Christopher J. Leigh, Edward J. Almasy and Spyke M. Krepshaw were integral in the production of “Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters,” a Telly Award-winning episode of the documentary series produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media.The documentary series invites viewers to consider career options that link to personal talents and interests. Each one-hour film features careers related to a specific theme.

The 2018 award-winning “Working Class: Game On! Math Matters” explores the link between math, computers and technology while encouraging the study of math through real-world experiences that engage students’ interests. Mountain climbers, a superhero and the legendary video game pioneer who founded Atari appear along with Penn College faculty, who explain the relevance of math in modern careers.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said the series’ third consecutive Telly Award is a welcomed acknowledgement of the quality and appeal of the campus-produced series.

“The ‘Working Class’ series plays an important role in expanding our institution’s reputation as a national leader in applied technology education,” Gilmour said. “Thanks to the series appearing on public television, the internet and social media, viewers around the world have been introduced to Penn College faculty and learned about our institution’s leadership role in preparing students for the modern workforce by combining academics with hands-on learning experiences.”

Executive producers for the series are Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations at Penn College, and Tom Curra, WVIA president and chief executive officer.

Curra said: "WVIA is proud to partner on ‘Working Class’ with the Pennsylvania College of Technology. This program continues our mission of using media, partnerships, powerful ideas and programs to improve lives and advance the best attributes of an enlightened society."

The series’ director and editor is Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator at Penn College. Assisting him in filming and editing are former Penn College students Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, and Colin B. Helm, of Montoursville.

Penn College faculty members appearing in the film are Edward J. Almasy, electronics; Spyke M. Krepshaw, web and interactive media; Jacob R. Miller, computer information technology; Edwin G. Owens, mathematics, and Lauren A. Rhodes, mathematics.

Also featured are former information technology student Jason R. Horton; Patricia Miller, a Williamsport Area High School math teacher who coordinates a Penn College dual enrollment program; members of the Shawanpunk (New Paltz, New York) youth climbing team coached by Mike Cherry, creator of “The Addventures of Plusman” comic books; and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell.

A full video version of the award-winning documentary is available through WVIA On-Demand, YouTube and the series website.

The website also offers short video clips related to topics explored in the episode, as well as a blog written by the executive producer and educator resources to help teachers and homeschooling parents incorporate the films into their classes.

A fourth episode in the series, “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters,” premiered this summer on WVIA-TV. WVIA also plans to rebroadcast the four series episodes during a back-to-school marathon on Sunday, Oct. 7, with episodes also airing each Thursday in October at 8 p.m.

More details about the “Working Class” TV series are available via the website, Facebook and Twitter.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call 800-367-9222.