Harlingen School District to Launch Media Arts and Communications Academy


The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Academy of Media and Communications Arts will give students access to advanced television, radio and graphic production.

“I’m a bit jealous, because I would like to have that,” said Harlingen graduate Erika Delangel. “I feel like it’s good for other students to experience a more advanced program. They are going to have everything that is state of the art.

On the first day of school this year, the district will open its doors to the new Academy of Media and Communications Arts.

“I’m very excited for the students, because it gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and move on to a career,” said Belinda Treviño, graphic design teacher at MACA.

Students learning graphic design will be able to work directly with the community.

“Our students here at the academy basically go to work with clients,” Treviño said. “It’s going to give them the opportunity to work one-on-one.”

HCISD renovated the former Memorial Middle School Music Room to house two large classrooms, graphic arts, and a television station. In the same facility, students will have access to a TV studio for filming and editing.

The total amount invested in MACA was $300,000.

“Because we didn’t have a major build, it was mostly just painting and trying to use whatever we already had in place,” said HCISD’s assistant superintendent for district operations. , Oscar Tapia.

MACA students will go throughout the district to do stories in the community that will be broadcast on the school’s news channel. They will be able to film, write and edit stories, as well as other video projects and mini-films.

Instructors plan to teach students everything they need to know to lead them to secondary education and an entry-level position.

MACA is one of six new academies created for the new year. More than 100 students are expected to be enrolled in the program by the start of the school year this month.

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