Date of Release: January 24, 2014
BANGOR, ME - NESCom students spent a week of their winter break working with Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna, and The Big Noise, Neal McCoy, Love and Theft, Craig Morgan, and Lonestar. Eight NESCom seniors, two alum, and Eric Ferguson, Coordinator of Live Sound Technology and Audio Engineering programs, left from Miami, Florida on January 12, to work as stage crew for Country Cruising 2014.
"NESCom's curriculum is built on experiential learning, but having the opportunity to work on a cruise ship for a week, and being the stage crew for a multi-band festival, gives them the experience of a lifetime," Ferguson stated.
The cruise is a floating cavalcade of country music stars with stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. At the heart of this great opportunity, which takes place on the Norwegian Pearl, is hands-on work in live sound as the cruise features performances by 25 leading country music acts.
This opportunity is made possible through a partnership with Cruise Production, a company founded by 1990 NESCom alum Tim Cabral. Tim Cabral worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for many years before starting his own business. Ferguson stated, "this was a fantastic experience for students. It's a great opportunity for seniors to network, and all of the students that participated walked away with employment offers."
The New England School of Communications (NESCom), now part of Husson University, is located in Bangor, Maine. NESCom offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Communications Technology, Entertainment Production, and in Media Studies. Within these degrees, students may choose from concentrations in Audio Engineering, Live Sound Technology, Video Production, WebMedia, Journalism, Marketing Communications, Radio Broadcasting, and Sports Journalism. The New England School of Communications specializes in communications, providing students with a hands-on experience that gives them the skills needed for today's job market.