Justin Petty developed the BMT curriculum in 1995, and it’s been evolving ever since to meet the needs of his students.
He started in the video business while still a student at the Berklee College of Music. Originally from St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Petty went to Berklee after learning that musical icon Quincy Jones had studied there. While at Berklee, Petty received a Bachelor of Music in Music Production and Engineering. He learned audio and video while working as part of the production crew. He returned to the Virgin Islands where he shadowed a video crew. When he came back to Boston, Petty earned a Master’s in Broadcast Administration/Television Management from Boston University and then began volunteering at RCC where he later became Technical Director of the College while working in the Media Arts Building. Eventually, he was hired to lead the BMT Program.
Today at age 44, Professor Petty lives in Roxbury and remains excited about taking the BMT to the next level. Recently he arranged a partnership between RCC and WCVB TV/Channel 5 which makes it possible for RCC students to become interns at the nationally noted TV station based in Needham. Petty says, “It’s the first time that Channel 5 is accepting interns from a two year college rather than a four year college. They are impressed with the caliber of our students.”