Riverside County has a lot to offer their residents but there is one thing missing – A Local News Program. Turn on the television and you’ll see news from San Diego or Los Angeles, but not Riverside County. The nonprofit JDS Creative Academy plans to fill that gap with Riverside County News. Through their partnership with the Inland Regional Center and Mount San Jacinto Community College, JDSCA will start producing a weekly regional current event and community information news analysis program all while providing hands-on job training skills to young adults with autism. In addition, JDSCA’s state approved apprenticeship is staffing up with MSJC’s students to earn while they learn all while providing a local county news program for its citizens.
“Both the Apprentices and the Inland Regional participants will learn all aspects of video production, which includes running a Production Studio and putting out a regional community news show,” said JDSCA Founder Diane Strand. “A great thing about learning a trade in the arts is that it lends itself to cross training opportunities. Producing a news program will teach skills in logistics and scheduling, technology, communications, and engineering. It’s our goal to give these young adults the knowledge and job-skills needed that allow them to become independent and prosper – whether they work in television news, another related Production Art trade or a different industry altogether.”
JDSCA is a state-approved apprenticeship program is currently interviewing applicants to fill key production roles. In addition, JDSCA is looking for Entertainment-industry experienced professionals to provide instruction, and ensure that the program is consistently produced and distributed. JDSCA plans to launch Riverside County News in early Spring, 2018.
JDSCA also has a full slate of events scheduled for the 2018 year: On Sunday January 21st, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. JDSCA is bringing back their popular Artist Experience event, which features an open mic talent show and a fine art exhibition. Talent and Artist Submissions now being accepted. This event is open to the public and costs just $5.00 to attend. The money raised by this event will go towards JDSCA’s At-Risk Youth Scholarship Fund.
JDSCA’s 2nd annual three-day Digifest Temecula event will be held April 13th, 14th, 15th and will consist of various digital exhibits, renowned industry speakers, workshops, screenings and a grand finale awards banquet. Digifest offers a competition with a unique opportunity for students, amateurs and professionals to present their exceptional digital work in several digital mediums. Entries will be accepted through March 30, 2018. For information, go to digifesttemecula.org.
JDSCA’s Spring semester programs begin the week of January 29, 2018. For more information about classes and events, go to JDSCA.org, call 951- 296 6715, or stop by and take a tour. They are located at 28069 Diaz Road, Suite D, E, & F, Temecula, CA 92590
JDS Creative Academy (JDSCA), is a nonprofit 501c3 organization in Temecula, servicing the entire Temecula Valley and surrounding regions with a mission to inspire, educate, and enhance achievement in workforce development by providing job skills and hands-on training in the visual, performing and digital arts. JDSCA works with foster and at-risk youth, autistic young adults, and the mainstream population, creating cross-collaborative enrichment creative environment for job skills training and enrichment.