‘Working Class’ documentary series earns third Telly Award

PHOTO PROVIDED Jacob Miller (left), Elaine Lambert, Edwin Owens, Lauren Rhodes, Christopher Leigh, Edward Almasy and Spyke Krepshaw were integral in the production of “Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters,” a Telly Award-winning episode of the documentary series produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media.

“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters,” by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, recently earned a 2018 Bronze Telly Award.

Selected from over 12,000 national and international entries, the Telly Awards represents work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. In 2018, PBS productions earned 33 Telly Awards, including several for “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.”

“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” is the third episode in the “Working Class” public television series to win a Telly Award. The series’ premiere episode “Working Class: Dream & Do” earned an award in 2016 and “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” was honored in 2017.

The series invites viewers to consider career options that link to personal talents and interests. Each on-hour film features careers related to a specific theme.

“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” explores the link between math, computers and technology and encourages the study of math through real-world experiences to engage students’ interests. Mountain climbers, a superhero and legendary video game pioneer who founded Atari appear along with Penn College faculty and explain the relevance of math in modern careers.

“Thanks to the series appearing on public television, the internet and social media, viewers around the world have been introduced to Penn College faculty and learned about our institution’s leadership role in preparing students for the modern workforce by combining academics with hands-on learning experiences,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president.

A full video version of the documentary is available through WVIA On-Demand, YouTube and at http://workingclass.tv.

The website also offers video clips related to topics in the episode and a blog written by the executive producer and educator resources to help teachers and homeschooling parents incorporate the films into their classes.

“Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters,” the fourth episode, premiered this summer on WVIA-TV. WVIA plans to rebroadcast the four series episodes during a back-to-school marathon on Oct. 7 with episodes airing each Thursday in October at 8 p.m.

For more information about the “working Class” TV series, visit the website, Facebook and Twitter.