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WCNY’s Entertainment Academy Opens Applications for Spring Session

WCNY, Central New York’s public communications organization, is excited to announce that applications are now open for the spring session of WCNY’s Entertainment Academy, with classes scheduled to start on May 2.

Three times a year, WCNY’s Entertainment Academy offers a fourteen-week training program in the TV and film production trades. The Academy provides training for the next generation of television and film production engineers, electricians, set designers, sound mixers, and camera operators to help support the growing entertainment industry in Central New York.

The program also creates a pathway for job placements through local unions, including I.A.T.S.E. Local 52 Motion Picture Studio Mechanics which provides craft specialists to serve as instructors, offering a real-world baseline of knowledge and industry-specific skills.

WCNY’s Entertainment Academy Highlights:

– Ages 25-39 are invited to apply

– Training sessions take place on Thursdays and Fridays, 4-8 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

– Become trades certified in just 14 weeks, including OSHA and Aerial Lift certifications

– Pathway to union membership and excellent benefits

– Convenient Schedule

– Job-ready upon course completion

– Earn up to $45 per hour

– Assistance with job placement

Learn more about WCNY’s Entertainment Academy at

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About WCNY

WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today, it is a public communications organization that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio programs, dynamic web and targeted email content, the WCNY CONNECT magazine, and social media. Through its media platforms, in-person and virtual events, WCNY brings local coverage and educational services to Central New Yorkers. WCNY operates four digital, pledge-free broadcast television channels and three radio stations. Classic FM is one of the few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally programmed classical music, and Community FM features local people and local perspectives on immigration, education, veterans, health, arts, science and culture. Learn more at


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