Ketchikan partnership to provide filmmaking seminars for high school students

KETCHIKAN – KPU Telecommunications in Ketchikan has been awarded the prestigious Alaska Cast and Crew Advancement Program Grant in the amount of $40,000 from the State of Alaska Department of Workforce Development.


As one of only seven entities in the state, and the only organization in Southeast, to be awarded this grant, KPU was able to foster a unique partnership with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District to create the “Southeast Film Consortium.”

This unique program will create a vocational education program that is geared towards educating and training both traditional K-12 students, as well as other learners, in videography, television production, and editing. The goal is to prepare and train for employment a workforce in the burgeoning Alaska film industry.

High school students throughout the state may sign up to attend a distance learning course through the Ketchikan School District, and additionally, there will be several four-day seminars for hands-on learning for all ages and abilities.

The first seminar will be held from Sept. 7 through Sept. 10 at Ketchikan High School, and learners will receive hands-on training in the skills of basic videography, setting up a live multi-camera simulcast, as well as gaining production planning experience. Students and interested learners are encouraged to apply online at

There are a variety of options and costs for attending this seminar. The State of Alaska is offering Individual Training Grant Accounts to those that are interested in order to cover costs associated with travel, hotel and the seminar.

Individuals interested in receiving funding for film training must complete a one-page application. Interested Juneau residents should contact the Juneau Job Center at 465-5930 to apply.

Funds may cover up to $500 in tuition and $1,000 for transportation and lodging for Alaskans who successfully complete training. Funding will be available on a first-come basis until all funds are obligated.

KPU plans on hosting additional seminars in the coming months and will welcome well-known professionals to Ketchikan, such as Tim Delarm of the Alaska Outdoors Television, John Wedin on Eye Cue Productions in Anchorage, Will Shannon of Critical Mass Media, as well as other noted industry professionals to offer students hands-on training to prepare them for a career in the film and television industry.

Seminar topics will include everything from basic videography, to creating a full episode of reality television for network broadcast.


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