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Atlanta Public Schools Partner with Georgia's Film Industry

Atlanta Public School System joins forces with Georgia's Film industry to help students land jobs in Georgia's growing movie business.

According to reports, Fulton County School System and the planned movie studio, Atlanta Metro Studios, have announced a partnership to help fast-track students into Georgia's growing film industry. The partnership will provide a scholarship fund for up to six 2015 Fulton County high school graduates to enroll in Clayton State University's Digital Film Crew Training Program. With more and more movies and TV shows filming in Georgia, there are not enough skilled workers to work on the productions. State officials are addressing the issue by creating a Georgia Film Academy that would unite the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia with local sound stages to increase the number of educated crew members. From Biz Journals:
"The scholarships are for two 12-week sessions we do that run back to back," Bond said. "We run them through the program, and it takes another three to six months after that to get them into the union and working on projects." The goal is for the students to be done with their training by the time Atlanta Metro Studios is slated to open in Union City in Spring 2016. The financial details of the scholarships are still being worked out. Bond said if this phase of the program is successful, Clayton State plans to implement dual-credit classes in local high schools that would allow students to take the first of its two programs before they graduate to speed up the process even more. He said though dual credit programs are very common for more traditional studies, this program could be the first in the country to extend to film and television production.
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