Film Industry Training for Detroit Residents
Governor Jennifer Granholm, Mayor Dave Bing and Robert Ficano announced Monday the $438,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will go to the Detroit Workforce Development Department (DWDD).
The DWDD Film Technician Training Program will provide employment opportunities in the film industry through a curriculum developed by the Wayne County Community College District in collaboration with the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Michigan Film Office. The U.S. Department of Labor community-based job training grant will be administered by the Detroit Workforce Development Department (DWDD), a Michigan Works! Agency
The film technician training program is expected to graduate 45 to 60 students over the next two years. The year-long course includes 36 class credit hours, 160 internship hours, 180 laboratory hours and more than 820 personal industry contact hours. It enables students to pursue an associate’s degree and then a bachelor’s degree through agreement with partner universities.
Admission to the program is open to Detroit residents. Screening will be conducted by DWDD and Goodwill Industries. Detroit residents can submit their application to Shiwanda Hamilton, DWDD Milwaukee Office, 707 W. Milwaukee, Detroit, Michigan, 48202, (313) 664-5532.