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Oklahoma City Community College and Prairie Surf Studios

As the state seeks to diversify its workforce, a series of new opportunities are developing in movie-making. To help encourage this growth of an estimated fiscal impact of $161 million in Oklahoma, Prairie Surf is partnering with Oklahoma City Community College’s long-established Digital Cinema Program. Prairie Surf Studio’s facilities, located in downtown Oklahoma City, offer extensive room to attract even more productions. The Digital Cinema Program focuses on the technical side of movie-making and provides students with the opportunity to gain experience using professional equipment. This past January, OCCC started a new Grip and Electric course located at its outreach location at Capitol Hill. Students are trained by seasoned professionals and in five short weeks, they will become well-trained crew members. Plans are currently under way for additional courses, such as set construction. This partnership will help supply Oklahoma with much needed highly trained workers for this exciting new industry.

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