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Film and forensics positioned for growth at Georgia universities


Jeff Stepakoff boasted of the Georgia Film Academy’s growth this year, while three Savannah State University seniors talked up the university’s facial reconstruction class at the Board of Regents April board meeting. What film and forensics have in common are growing industries pushing new demand for higher education training.

Stepakoff, executive director of the film academy, which was launched in 2015 to provide training for Georgia’s film industry, has said it has expanded to 4,200 registrations today. To build the scope of the program, the film academy began several new classes this year. It first offered classes in 2016 at three partners and now it has 19 partners in the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, Stepakoff said.

Stepakoff’s goal is to turn Georgia into Y’allywood, the next Hollywood. “Your film academy believes in Georgia. We should train in Georgia,” he said at the Board of Regents meeting, which was held at Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus.

“Georgia Film Academy’s plan is to train Georgians in the full ecosystem of our business, all the entertainment arts. We must support them and keep that talent here in Georgia,” he said. See more at SMN.


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