Georgia State Accepting Applications for Digital Media and Production Entertainment Program for Local Youth

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Georgia State University’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence is accepting applications for its new workforce development program that prepares local youth (ages 18-24) for careers in the booming film, media and entertainment industry in Atlanta.

The Careers In New and Emerging and Media Areas (CINEMA) Project is a free 22-week program that offers classes in game design, interactive media, animation, virtual reality, life learning skills, intro to film production, a production boot camp and more – all taking place in Georgia State’s newly created Creative Media Industry Institute.

“The CINEMA project is an innovative solution to two pressing challenges facing Georgia today: The growing number of young people who are disconnected from work and education and the need for a trained labor force,” said Brian Williams, Crim Center director.

The project’s goal is for participants to gain the skills necessary to secure entry-level positions that could lead to successful, long-term careers in corporate digital media departments, production companies, networks and post-production houses to strengthen the Georgia labor market.

“We’re in the process of interviewing and have already accepted a handful of amazing participants grateful for the opportunity to learn new media skills,” said Elaine M. Brown, CINEMA program director. “We want many more young people to sign up, especially with the monthly stipend that makes the program even more appealing.”

The Crim Center is partnering with the Atlanta Film Society, Georgia State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the university’s new Creative Media Industries Institute to design the hands-on, project based learning classes for CINEMA, which is funded by JP Morgan Chase.

The CINEMA Project is creating an Industry and Education Advisory Council to provide four-week internships for participants as part of its workforce initiative. Businesses interested in participating can contact Elaine Brown at 404-413-8479 or [email protected] for more information.

Young people who are disconnected from college, passionate about new media and production, and want to learn new skills are encouraged to attend CINEMA’s next information session, scheduled for Thursday, May 10, from 4-6 p.m. in room 211 of Georgia State’s Creative Media Industries Institute (25 Park Place N.E., Atlanta). To sign up for this session, visit http://cinemaproject.gsu.edu.

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