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WCNY’s Entertainment Academy Hosts Graduation Ceremony for Winter Session Trainees

WCNY, Central New York’s public communications organization, is honored to host a graduation ceremony for the winter session of WCNY’s Entertainment Academy on Friday, April 19 at 4 p.m. at the WCNY-TV Studios. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the 18 graduates from the second class of the Academy.

WCNY’s Entertainment 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.

“We express our sincere gratitude to the NYS Economic Development Corporation for funding to the Academy through the Entertainment Workforce Diversity Grant,” said Mitch Gelman, President and CEO of WCNY. “We also extend our appreciation to our colleagues at I.A.T.S.E Local 52, Academy Director Carol Opee-Stelios, the instructors, and the Academy advisory council. We congratulate the trainees and look forward to their valuable contributions to the flourishing television and film industry across our region.”

The graduation ceremony begins at 4 p.m. on April 19, followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

To learn more about WCNY’s Entertainment Academy, visit wcny.org/academy.

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