Vegas PBS is one of more than 350 members of the Public Broadcasting Service television network and Jeffrey L. Yeagley is its director of engineering, information technology and emergency response systems. However, Vegas PBS is more than just a television station and Yeagley’s position is key to its continuing operation.
He is responsible for keeping everything running including satellite feeds, studio equipment, production equipment, editing stations, the master control center and all servers that store and broadcast over-the-air television content. Yeagley also maintains one big transmitter site located on Black Mountain and 16 other transmitter sites that transmit programming for the three over-the-air television channels throughout Nevada. His department maintains the broadband content, video clips and student programs for more than 350 schools in the Clark County School District.
“I really enjoy understanding electronics and applying electronics and cutting-edge technology to being able to educate people about the arts, science and nature as well as being able to provide entertainment and content using television and IT technology,” Yeagley said.
Yeagley received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology Project Management from Capella University; an Associate’s degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force; a Master Graduate in Leadership Development from Rapport Leadership International in Las Vegas; and a diploma in Radio & TV Broadcasting from the Huntington Beach Academy of Radio and TV Broadcasting. He also has 21 years of specialized training from the Air Force in electronics and telecommunications.
Yeagley believes that the road to higher education and training is not the same for all people. He thrived in the education model of Capella University which used the Internet “to bring very specific education and training to students. Capella tailors its offerings to people going [for training] in a specific field or career choice. I have a strong electronics and technology background but I wanted to focus more on the project management aspects of IT from a network perspective and I found that specific education for my goals.”
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