Monday, September 22, 2008

Colleges help students get ready for close-up

Associated Press | September 22, 2008

DETROIT - Some Michigan colleges have been retooling their curriculum as Hollywood heads to the state to take advantage of lucrative tax breaks for filmmakers.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Dearborn's Henry Ford Community College starts classes Monday to retrain workers for technical jobs in the film industry. Others include Wayne County Community College and Detroit's Wayne State University.

Michigan Film Office Chief Operating Officer Tony Wenson says the office expects to add a manager of job training, education and development by next month. That person would coordinate with the state's higher education institutions to meet needs.

Filmmakers have been flocking to Michigan since April, when Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed the package of bills into law.,0,799302.story

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