When communications major Siccola Clark walks into a radio or TV studio, she immediately feels at home. “I’ve learned so much that I’m confident I know what I’m talking about,” she says. The extensive hands-on training she receives at Prince George’s Community College covers technical elements of broadcasting, including camera operation, editing and postproduction, as well as creative aspects, including developing and pitching show ideas, marketing and public relations. She put this experience to work during her internship with Agape Soul Nation, a Christian media portal specializing in music and the arts. Through the internship, she attended the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards in Atlanta, Georgia, where she interviewed renowned gospel musician Kirk Franklin.
As president of the college’s Student Media Group for three years, Clark supervised coverage of all media requests on campus. In spring 2012 she was accepted into the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, which provides participants with scholarships, one-on-one academic mentoring, assistance in securing internships, and a unique series of courses designed specifically to develop them into successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. Participants enter the program while at Prince George’s Community College and transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Clark notes that the program “offers so much. It expands our horizons by teaching us how to be leaders and business owners.” A freelance makeup artist by profession, she hopes to one day own her own “makeup bar,” where patrons can undergo makeovers for special occasions.