Butler Tech Program: Digital Media at BT’s Northwest Campus
Graduation Year: 2018
Instructor: Rick Yerigan
Rick is a 2018, Butler Tech graduate of the Digital Media program at the Northwest Campus. During Rick’s time as a student at Butler Tech, he was a class officer for the local Business Professionals of America chapter where his team placed first in the state competition for Broadcast News Production Team. This allowed Rick to go on to compete in the national competition in Dallas, Texas during his senior year.
“Rick Crockett is one of the most creative, intelligent, and proactive students I’ve had the pleasure of teaching,” explained Rick Yerigan, Butler Tech/Northwest Digital Media Instructor, “I am extremely proud of Rick and his accomplishments. His journey has been inspiring to many of my current students and it has been exciting to watch him pursue his passion.”
Rick was also the recipient of the Business Professionals of America Torch Award which is designed to promote professionalism and leadership in both career development and personal growth. The award is given only to those students who record achievement in the seven Torch categories: Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism.
In addition to his competitive achievements, Rick secured two internships during his time in the program including serving as the creator of a video series about drug abuse for the Fairfield Prevention Coalition and as a designer and videographer for the Butler Tech Marketing Department. His work with Butler Tech has evolved into a part-time position where he creates many of the graphic pieces you see as part of Butler Tech’s district branding including magazine advertisements, web graphics, photography, billboards and more.
“It’s always an amazing opportunity to hire and work alongside a former Butler Tech student,” said Jennifer Seifert, Butler Tech’s Marketing Coordinator. “Rick is an invaluable part of our team. His creativity and willingness to continue to learn and perfect his craft is the exact reason we have taken him from student to intern, to a major part of the team. Rick is truly making an impact.”
Rick currently attends the University of Cincinnati where he is pursuing his degree in the Electronic Media program while working an average of 25 hours per week at Butler Tech.
How did your time about Butler Tech influence your future after high school?
“I obtained a wide variety of skills during my time at Butler Tech that allowed me to jumpstart my post-secondary education and gave me opportunities to start working in the field before I even graduated from high school.”
What advice would you offer to current Butler Tech students?
“The more effort you put into your time at Butler Tech, the more you’ll get out of it. Push your limits while you are still a student. You might fail at some projects but making mistakes is a perfect tool for learning. Network as much as possible. Your current peers will become your future colleagues. The bigger your support group, the more opportunities that can be thrown your way after graduation.”