HWC to Spearhead Studio Build-Out & Scholarships at FIU
Posted on March 23, 2016 - 5:53pm
The Health & Wellness Channel has entered into a partnership with the 4th largest university in the United States, Florida International University, to renovate and build out the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's production studio. The network has been working with FIU's Office of Engagement, FIU's Gift Officer Kristin Bird, and the Dean of the School of Mass Communication and Architecture since November to identify ways in which the studio can be improved and to identify partners willing to participate in the renovation. "It's got the guts of a great production studio," says HWC Founder Drew Nederpelt, "It just needs some touching up and a couple of scholarships attached to it and it will be perfect." Nederpelt has been working closely with Dean Brian Schriner to renovate the studio for HWC's needs as well as for mass commercial appeal. "It's been at least a decade since this studio has had any broad commercial appeal, and we think it's perfectly situated both geographically and with regards to its amenities, to service not only ourselves but hundreds of other potential production companies," says Nederpelt. HWC is developing the space for broad commercial use, as well as helping to impliment 4 annual scholarships that will go toward FIU students in the arts. HWC has also entered into a 'first-look' agreement for new hires, interviewing FIU students before opening up positions to others in the area. "We've been heavily involved with FIU for 10 months now, and putting their students and graduates at the front of our list for new hires is the least we can do for a school that has given us such insight into our community and the world around us," says Nederpelt. The groundbreaking for the new studio is scheduld for May 13, 2016.
(Below: HWC Founder Drew Nederpelt with FIU's Wayde Klipper, March 23, 2016-- BBC Studio)