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



ATLANTA — 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

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 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 Tuesday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. in room 306 of
Georgia State’s Creative Media Industries Institute (25 Park Place N.E., Atlanta). To
sign up for this session, visit

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