CSU one of 3 GA colleges to host new Georgia Film Academy

CSU one of 3 GA colleges to host new Georgia Film Academy

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With the film industry in Georgia growing more and more each year, college students a three Georgia colleges, including Columbus State University, will be taking part in the inaugural Georgia Film Academy.

The GFA is a statewide effort to train Georgians for jobs in the film industry. The college-level coursework will begin in January and be taught at CSU, Clayton State University and Gwinnett Technical College.

"The academy will certify workforce ready employees in needed areas, connect students and prospective employees with employers, and offer a unique capstone experience for top students that will provide them a path to employment in Georgia and to remain in the state," a press release said.

GFA's pilot certification program includes two different courses designed to provide students with on-set film production skills in both the film and digital entertainment industries.

The courses are available for both students and non-students, but space is limited for the spring 2016 semester. The courses do plan to expand to other colleges in the state of Georgia.

"In response to the tremendous growth in the industry, Governor Nathan Deal and the State of Georgia have initiated an unprecedented, cooperative effort among all higher education institutions to deliver an industry-recognized, professional training program," said Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director, Georgia Film Academy, said in a press release. "On-set film workers are needed, but even entry-level jobs require a very specific set of skills. The Georgia Film Academy certification puts students on the fast track to gainful employment."

For more information on registration, or to learn more about the Georgia Film Academy, please visit georgiafilmacademy.org.

"We've seen a great level of interest in the Georgia Film Academy from potential students and anticipate these classes will fill quickly," said Matt Arthur, Deputy Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia. "The Georgia Film Academy gives us a collaborative framework to fill the needs of Georgia's film industry, while training students for a productive, rewarding career."

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