Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) has opened a new media production studio for students interested in pursuing training in the film and television industry.
Georgia Chamber of Commerce officials were on hand July 28 to help celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the state-of-the-arts facility at the Clarkston campus. Officials also held an open house that day, providing guests with tours of the new facility, which will house the college’s Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs. GPTC President Jabari Simama said he is excited that the program will prepare students for Georgia’s bustling media production industry.
“Upon becoming president, I immediately realized we needed to establish a program based on the number of movies, TV shows, music, and video games produced in our service area—focusing on design, media production, and recording technologies in order to meet the needs of this highgrowth market,” said Simama. “To me, the trajectory of this industry was evident.”
The Georgia Department of Economic Development estimates film and television projects contributed $3.3 billion to the state’s economy last year. Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce (who is also a Technical College System of Georgia board member) praised Simama’s stewardship and the new facility.
“The mark of success is leadership, and Dr. Simama is a visionary leader, not only at the college level but also within the community and the state,” said Clark. “I’ve been an advocate of the film industry and its
contributions to the economy for many years. The state needs programs such as Design and Media Production Technology and Recording Arts Technology because they are vital to our
ability to grow.”
To learn more about the DMPT or RART programs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, contact Cory Thompson, director of program development, at 404-297-9522, ext. 1118 or visit the college’s website, www.gptc.edu.