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WCNY’s Entertainment Academy to Host 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

Members of the media interested in covering the graduation at WCNY at 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse, please contact Lauren Easton at or 585-797-4314.

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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