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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 09:33 AM
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Oakland Community College offers film industry training courses
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A Hollywood Sequel for Michigan Workers

AS the job market tightens, many people would welcome the chance to receive training for work in a new field if only they could figure out which industries were hiring, and how to find and pay for that training.

A new program in Michigan, which has suffered staggering job losses related to the auto industry, seeks to solve this conundrum. The program is training people to work in the film industry, which is experiencing a huge growth spurt in response to the states incentives to companies making films in Michigan. An example is Clint Eastwoods latest, Gran Torino, filmed in the state. Last week, the governors office announced that its efforts to attract film production companies to the state would yield nearly 6,000 new jobs.

The film training project is a partnership of Oakland Community College, located just outside Detroit, and S3 Entertainment Group, a film production company that worked on Gran Torino. The classes are short and intense, lasting 20 to 40 hours over several weeks.

The program began last week with two courses an industry overview and an introduction to technical jobs in the production, grip and electrical departments for films and television. Two more classes one in production accounting, the other covering hair, makeup, wardrobe, scripts and props will begin in March.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/jobs/08training.html?...
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