Unique Programme sees ITT and KTP Connect

Unique Programme sees ITT and KTP Connect The Institute of Technology, Tralee in partnership with the Kerry Technology Park (KTP) are pleased to announce details of a new initiative called ITT/KTP Connect. This innovative programme, which has just commenced will see third year students on the Instituteâ¿¿s programmes in Interactive Multimedia, Music Technology and TV Radio and New Media Broadcasting assume the role of Media Consultants for companies within the Park from now until May 2011.
This model of placing students differs from the traditional model of work placements, with this new initiative characterised by the students working as an autonomous group, providing a range of media and creative services  to a suite of companies, as opposed to an individual student working with a single company.

The group who will be based in Kerry Technology Park will undertake specific media projects through a consultation process with the companies. Organisations who are working with the college on the project include: Assess Ireland Ltd, Altobridge, Continuum Commerce Solutions, DCS Energy Savings, Donseed Ltd, Neotech Software Solutions Ltd, PulseLearning, Unique Voice (UVLI), YouComply and  Neustock Media.

Head of Creative Media and Information Technology Mary Lucey, expressed her thanks to the team at the Park, and the various companies for their support, outlining that the ITT/ KTP Connect offers a perfect balance in blending the world of education and technology with the reality of real-life business experience.
â¿¿It is anticipated that this will be a highly successful programme and will prove beneficial to both the ITT work placement students and the participating Park companies.  The students benefit from the new model by learning valuable skills in time and resource management, effective communication with clients and the dynamics of working as a self-directed group, while we anticipate the companies will benefit from the skills-set the students have acquired to date as part of their academic course of study⿝ stated Ms. Lucey.

Work to be completed by the students under this initiative will include the development and production of on-line promotional material, enhancing companies use of media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, production of multi-media demonstrations of company products and website design and development.
Marie Lynch, Manager of Kerry Technology Park outlined that this is one of a number of initiatives currently underway to further strengthen links between ITT and Park companies. â¿¿The companies at the Park, along with the various people and departments at the Institute work regularly on a collaborative basis. ITT/KTP Connect further enhances this  process, while providing students with a valuable insight to the dynamics of the multi-media sector. These work-placements will greatly enhance the studentsâ¿¿ employment prospects on graduation.⿝

The Department of Creative Media and Information Technology offers three media course at honours degree level in Interactive Multimedia, Music Technology and TV Radio and New Media Broadcasting.