Initiative to Train Va. Workers for Film Industry

By: AP
By: AP

September 4, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new initiative is aiming to train Virginia workers for jobs in the state's film industry.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the Film Industry Training is a pilot program created by the Virginia Film Office and the Community College Workforce Alliance.

Officials say the program is designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia.

A two-day seminar will be held next month in Richmond to provide training for people seeking entry level positions within the industry.

The course will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli. He's worked on projects including the television series Sons of Anarchy and films like Pirates of the Caribbean and Blades of Glory.

The industry's economic impact in Virginia totaled $328.4 million in 2012, provided 3,061 jobs and $50.5 million in tax revenue.

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