Jesse Knight, Coordinator/Instructor, Film and Video Production Technology, and Cheri Szcodronski, Part-Time Instructor, Historic Preservation Technology are teaching in their first year at Piedmont Community College.

Jesse Knight, Coordinator/Instructor, Film and Video Production TechnologyKnight has been an active filmmaker since 1995 when he made his first film at the North Carolina School of the Arts during its Filmmaking Summer Immersion Program. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Broadcasting and Cinema Master’s Program he continued to make films while teaching at the College level.

Jesse Knight Films was established in 2009 and has been servicing production needs of North Carolina and the surrounding area. Knight is best known for his feature film “Orbs: They Are Among Us” which has won several awards and can be found through various retailers.

Szcodronski grew up in northwest Pennsylvania before moving to Tennessee for eight years and then to North Carolina in 2011. She holds bachelor’s degree in Biology and Applied Ecology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Public History and Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University.

Specializing in 19th century history and architecture, environmental history, cultural landscapes, and historic preservation, Szcodronski Cheri Szcodronski, Part-Time Instructor, Historic Preservation Technologyemployed at Preservation Chapel Hill for nearly five years, serving as Executive Director for over three. She also began Firefly Preservation Consulting in 2011.

Both Knight and Szcodronski will be teaching classes at Piedmont Community College during the Spring semester.

Spring classes in the Film and Video Production Technology program include Camera and Lighting, Sound Operations, Make-Up and Wardrobe, Art Department Operations II, Grip and Electrical II, Production Techniques II (taught by Knight), Production Management (taught by Knight), and Editing II (taught by Knight). These classes offer hands-on learning, encouraging students to develop technical skills required by the film and video industry.

Historic Preservation courses offered this Spring include Historic Building Analysis and Recording History Properties, both taught by Szcodronski. These classes will be offered in the Distance Learning classrooms, allowing students on the Person and Caswell County campuses to interact easily with the instructor and other students. Traveling to off-campus historical sites will also assist students to gain greater knowledge in their studies.

To learn more about Jesse Knight and Cheri Szcodronski or the classes in their programs, call (336) 694-5707. PCC’s full class schedule is also available online at

Photos: Jesse Knight, Coordinator/Instructor, Film and Video Production Technology, and Cheri Szcodronski, Part-Time Instructor, Historic Preservation Technology

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