Entertainment Technology Program Bolsters Region’s Creative Economy Talent Pipeline
The Capital Region’s creative economy talent pipeline is expanding under a new Entertainment Technologies program offered at Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC), with articulated credit offered to Capital Region BOCES students. The program will focus on several related disciplines, such as digital photography; modern design; stagecraft; audio production; project management; digital TV/broadcast operations; and digital modeling.
For the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), the Entertainment Technologies associates degree adds to their work to improve the readiness of the Capital Region’s workforce, including that of its creative economy. The eight-county region’s digital media and entertainment industry cluster1, for which the new FMCC program is training talent, employed 6,665 in 2018, or about one in six jobs in the regional creative economy.
“There are jobs to be had,” said Philip Morris, CEO, Proctors Collaborative. “At Proctors, we’re now frequently teaching two major Broadway tours a season, right in downtown Schenectady. We’re teaching smaller works, with off-Broadway potential, and employing students from the Schenectady School District, many of whom will be looking for the next educational opportunity to continue studies in entertainment technology.”
Examples of other Capital Region programs that are preparing students for careers in the creative economy include:
The ADDY: Located on the third floor of Proctors, the Adeline Graham Theatrical Training and Innovation Center provides after-school and weekend programs for students interested in careers in theater technology and performance.
Albany Can Code: A computer coding training program that targets non-traditional students and offers courses at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and Schenectady County Community College (SCCC).
Craft Beer Brewing and Craft Spirit Distillation: Certificate programs offered by SCCCC.
Game Design and Implementation: A two-year program offered at Capital Region BOCES’s Center for Advanced Technologies.
The Lumberyard: The American Dance Institute’s new non-profit performing arts and film campus at a former lumberyard in Catskill.
Programming for Game Design: A new associate’s degree program at SCCC, starting in the fall of 2019.
Stephen Petronio Dance Company: An education and outreach program being developed in Catskill for the Petronio Residency Center.
Youth FX: A program dedicated to educating City of Albany young people for careers in film, trailing them in film directing, cinematography, acting, screenwriting, editing, sound and lighting.
1 Data from EMSI. Digital media and entertainment industry cluster = NAICS 512, 515, 711, 517311, 511110, 541430. Source: Propel L.A.
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