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Video Symphony Awarded New Subsidized Training Contract

To continue providing subsidized training for entertainment post production workers in Burbank (June 01, 2005)

A new two-year contract to provide subsidized upgrade digital media training to professionals employed by California studios and production companies has been awarded by the California Employment Training Panel (ETP) to Video Symphony Institute of Post Production.

Employees working as video and sound editors, motion graphics artists, compositors and DVD specialists will find many courses available to help them upgrade the digital skills used at their companies. Avid, Pro Tools, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Maya and DVD Studio Pro are some of the highlights of the training.

Eligible employers and their employees who enroll at Video Symphony can obtain from 24 to 56 hours of subsidized training per student. They can choose from approximately 70 different courses based on the needs of their workplaces. Class times are flexible and may take place on weekdays, weekends and evenings in order to accommodate busy production schedules.

Several hundred companies and several thousand of their employees have received over 111,000 hours of cutting-edge digital training through ETP contracts with Video Symphony since 1998.

The State of California allocates funds to ETP for distribution to select training centers. The purpose of Video Symphony's ETP contract is to help keep post-production and digital media companies competitive in the technological marketplace, and to help diminish the flow of production work to other states and nations.

Video Symphony's president, Mike Flanagan, said, "Despite a recent reduction of ETP's resources due to California budget cutbacks, we have been awarded this new contract because of our successful seven-year track record with ETP and the Hollywood industry. Video Symphony has trained thousands of California film and video editors, sound editors, motion graphics artists and DVD specialists for industry employers large and small since its founding in the mid-90s.

"Now, with this new award, our present ETP clients can remain up-to-date with evolving technology, and additional companies can afford to provide upgrade training for their employees. Even with budget cutbacks, ETP support still provides an unparalleled value that encourages industry employers to provide high-level professional training for their employees at exceptionally low cost.

"ETP-funded training continues to yield significant benefits to participating businesses, in terms of improved product quality and greater competitiveness," according to a recent independent evaluation of ETP. The evaluators also found that "ETP training generated substantial earnings gains and employment stability for trainees." (

For more information about ETP, please call Video Symphony's ETP Specialist, Jocelyn Horvath, at 818-557-7200, or visit the Video Symphony website at For information about Video Symphony, please contact Mike Flanagan, President, or Sally O’Steen, Director of Program Development, at 818.557.7200.

About Video Symphony
Video Symphony is a leading career college and corporate training center, focusing on editing and effects for the TV and motion picture industry. Video Symphony's programs concentrate on professional-level Avid video and film editing, Pro Tools audio editing and mixing, and Adobe motion graphics. Video Symphony provides job-centric skills for hundreds of students each year at its Burbank Media District facility.

Video Symphony
Institute of Post Production
731 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
818 557 7200


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