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WCNY’s Entertainment Academy Opens Applications for Spring Session

WCNY’s Entertainment Academy Opens Applications for Spring Session 

WCNY, Central New York's public communications organization, is excited to announce that applications are  now open for the spring session of WCNY’s Entertainment Academy, with classes scheduled to start on May 2. 

Three times a year, WCNY’s Entertainment Academy offers a fourteen-week training program in the TV and film  production trades. The 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.

WCNY’s Entertainment Academy Highlights: 

  • Ages 25-39 are invited to apply 
  • Training sessions take place on Thursdays and Fridays, 4-8 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Become trades certified in just 14 weeks! 
  • Including OSHA and Aerial Lift certifications 
  • Pathway to union membership and excellent benefits 
  • Convenient Schedule 
  • Job-ready upon course completion 
  • Earn up to $45 per hour 
  • Assistance with job placement 

Learn more about WCNY’s Entertainment Academy at

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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