Veterans find training and job potential with Georgia Film Academy

Veronique Dupree installs lighting for a Georgia Film Academy production class.Kevin Manning directs students where to place camera for film production shoot.

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College honors veterans throughout the year with services, scholarships, workshops and grants. One in four STC students is a veteran, active duty service member or a military dependent/spouse.

Two U.S. Army veterans are currently enrolled in the first semester for the on-set film production assistant program with the Georgia Film Academy at the College. Both look forward to working on-set in the spring for the internship half of the program.

Veronique Dupree, a 68M, is a nutrition care specialist, who had an interest in film making before going into the military. She hopes to improve her camera handling skills, so she might open a photography/videography business on the side. In April, she will have served two years and is an active-duty veteran.

“My experience in the military has been great,” said Dupree. “The Army stresses working as a team and having a good sense of leadership.” She says her military service has prepared her well for work in the film industry. “Film making is all a team. You have your different departments. Everyone is assigned a job; just as we do in the military. Everyone is assigned a job to meet a bigger goal.”

Kevin Manning, a former 98G, was stationed as a linguist in 1987-88 at the U.S. Army Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, Calif., learning Farsi. He has worked in the film industry before as an actor, stuntman, wrangler, driver and extra.

Manning enrolled in the program with the intent of helping himself, but found an opportunity for his daughter, Shalah, to enroll with him as well. He would like to ultimately work his way up to the role of assistant director. “I have so many skills, and I’ve done so much in this business. I don’t care what I’m doing – it’s all good for me.”

The most difficult part of the program for Manning is deciding what he wants to do. He says he’s in the right industry to do it all.

Manning likes that both he and his daughter will be able to get an education and then a job upon completion. He advises others who may be slightly order than traditional college-age students to apply.

“Don’t be scared to do it,” Manning. “It is a great place to start up again if someone wants to change occupations. It is an opportunity to learn something and be of value.”

The projected film industry growth in Georgia during the next three to five years will generate 3,000 to 5,000 new jobs, and the average earnings for jobs on set are $84,000 a year.  That’s why Georgia has launched the Georgia Film Academy, a unique-in-the-nation, statewide initiative to prepare Georgia citizens for these high demand careers. Georgia Film Academy students, who are eligible for or receive HOPE Grant funding, may also be eligible for funding from the HOPE Career Grant. For more information visit:

The Georgia Film Academy will hold information sessions for spring semester at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 and at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 17 in room 7126 at the Savannah Campus.

The College is a regionally accredited Institution of Higher Learning and approved to participate and administer Veteran’s Education Assistance programs. It has multiple scholarships for military-affiliated students. This includes scholarships that provide gap funding for military members, a Freedom Fund to provide needs-based scholarship assistance for soldiers, veteran and spouses, and a scholarship that supports Savannah Tech’s military spouses is funded by The Landings Military Family Relief Fund. The College also provides opportunities for veterans and their dependents through the VA work study program.

Ranked #2 in the U.S. as “Best for Vets” in 2019 by Military Times for Career & Technical Colleges, the College was also ranked gold-level status as a Top 10 School for Military Friendly in 2018-19. The College waives all general mandatory fees for active duty service members using military tuition assistance. There is a Veteran’s Service Center at the Savannah campus. For more information about military services or enrollment, visit or contact Krupp (912.443.4155 or

About the Georgia Film Academy
The Georgia Film Academy is a collaborative effort of the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia supporting workforce needs of the film and digital entertainment industries. The academy certifies workforce ready employees in needed areas, connect students and prospective employees with employers, and offer a unique capstone experience for top students that will provide them a path to employment in Georgia. Special partnerships include Pinewood Studios located in Fayetteville, Georgia.


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