By Mark Lewis | February 8, 2009 | Crain's Detroit
Six weeks ago, Ferndale resident Julie Goode was making $54,000 a year working as a textiles designer and engineer for supplier Lear Corp. Then, three days before Christmas, she was laid off. Goode, 28, now is preparing to start a new career.
She is one of hundreds of Michigan residents who have enrolled in a film industry training program, at least four of which have sprung up across the state since last April. Most are run by small colleges that have contracts with private film studios to provide instructors, equipment and studio time.