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September 19, 2017

Dr. Jim Owens speaking at a press conference
Dr. Jim Owens, dean of Asbury’s School of Communication Arts, announces the Kentucky Film Certification Program during a press conference on Sept. 19.

WILMORE, Ky. — Legislators, state officials and members of the media gathered at Asbury University on Tuesday for the unveiling of an Asbury-led workforce development initiative supporting film industry growth in Kentucky. View photos below!

Partnering with the Kentucky Film Office, Asbury has created the Kentucky Film Certification Program, offering specialized training certifications in areas including Audio, Camera, Grip, Electric, Production, Set Construction and more.

The program complements students’ college and university degrees and assists Kentuckians with career changes in the film and entertainment industry. Offering two levels of certification, the program incorporates online and hands-on training from leading industry professionals.

The Kentucky Film Certification Program was unveiled today during a press conference in Asbury’s $12.6-million, state-of-the-art Miller Center for Communication Arts, with special guests including Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Don Parkinson, Sen. Tom Buford, Rep. Kim King, Rep. Diane St. Onge, Kentucky Film Office Executive Director Jay Hall and others.

Asbury’s leadership comes at a moment of growth for Kentucky’s film industry. Two years ago, Parkinson says, Kentucky saw an average of two movies per year produced in-state. In the last 18 months, though, 36 movies were made in Kentucky, and 136 movies are currently approved for production.

“We’re going to need another 700 people working in film over the next couple of years, and we can’t do that without the work of Asbury,” Parkinson said. 

The effort is yet another example of Asbury’s investment in the state and region — contributing to education through collaboration, partnership and outstanding academic resources. 

“Asbury University is pleased to partner with the Kentucky Film Office in furthering the education of students and workers across the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Sandra Gray, President of Asbury University. “Our nationally-recognized media communication undergraduate and graduate programs, along with the newly-launched Kentucky Film Certification course, will allow current college students, working professionals and unemployed citizens the opportunity to obtain training and credentials needed to enter the film industry workforce. I applaud the cooperative efforts represented by this statewide education initiative.”

Asbury has been a leader in Communication Arts for decades. In addition to its undergraduate offerings, Asbury offers online Master’s Degree programs in Film and Television Production, Screenwriting and Digital Storytelling. Asbury graduates have worked on more than 230 theatrically released films (receiving over 90 Oscar nominations) and over 480 network television productions that have garnered more than 130 Emmy Awards. 

“Asbury has expert faculty and graduates who are working and connected in the film industry, so working with the Kentucky Film Office and Association on this initiative is a natural for us,” said Jim Owens, dean of Asbury’s School of Communication Arts. “The film industry continues to grow in Kentucky, and this program will allow hundreds of people who have dreamed of working in the industry a pathway to do so.”


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