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Mayor Joins Students in Learning Film Business

Running Start teams with ῡPUBLIC to provide film and new media education

February 8, 2013

Albuquerque – Mayor Richard J. Berry introduced the new film course created through the Running Start for Careers project by ῡPUBLIC for high school Juniors and Seniors.

The Running Start for Careers project is an initiative of the City of Albuquerque to work with private business to create hands on apprenticeships for students, designed to supplement their public education and keep students excited about working towards their future.

"If I’m a football player and I’m good at it, I get recruited," Mayor Berry said. "If I’m in the honor society, I’m getting recruited. If I want to be a good tradesperson, why isn’t anybody recruiting me? Running Start for Careers can change that."

Film and New Media education is one of the focus areas of Running Start for Careers. Education in these areas will train young people to help meet the demands of the growing film industry in New Mexico, and teach media skills which can be used as a gateway to many careers.

The private partner for the media education classes is ῡPUBLIC, a well-respected production company in the state which is the operator of the City’s public access TV stations. ῡPUBLIC recruited Armondo Kirwin head the apprenticeship, who most recently worked for Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. He is from New Mexico and has worked in the New Mexico film industry,

The apprenticeship runs concurrent with the APS semester and counts for both high school and CNM credit. Students attend the course either as the last class of the day or after school, depending on their schedules.

The course is the second in the Running Start for Careers program, and is already full with 32 students. It will continue to grow next year due to its popularity.