Los Angeles, California, (MarketWire) February 26, 2009–The Entertainment Career Connection, Inc., offering certificate programs in all aspects of filmmaking, radio broadcasting and film engineering, affirms its commitment to America with affordable apprentice program tuitions and free books.

For the last 25 years more than 6,000 students have graduated from Entertainment Career Connection apprenticeships and intern programs, creating a vast alumni network worldwide. The company provides mentor extern programs for the entertainment arts including the film, radio, television and film recording industries.

President Obama said in his message to Congress on February 24, 2009, “I ask every American to commit to higher education or career training. This can be a community college or four year school, vocational training, or an externship.” The president said knowledge is the “most valuable skill you can sell,” and went on to say a good education is no longer a pathway to opportunity but a necessity.

“Attending a college or university at a cost of $25,000 to $50,000 might be a challenge these days, however, our extern programs are affordable. In the spirit of working with America and the new adminstration, our entertainment Connection programs only cost $7,450 for everything, including tuition, books, curriculum, instructor and more,” said James (Jimi) Petula, founder and chief executive officer of the Entertainment Career Connection, Inc. “We know what every single entertainment business professional knows — the only way to get a job in the film recording, radio or film business, is to learn via an extern.”

Student testimonials about the extern programs abound. Nine years ago, Preston Boebel was clueless about the workings of a recording studio. When he first came across the Film Connection’s website he was skeptical, however, the day he stepped inside a real recording studio he was convinced his life was about to change. Now, Boebel, an Entertainment Career Connection graduate from the Los Angeles recording school, is chief engineer at Clear Lake Audio in Hollywood, California. The mentor faculty proactively teaches both professional and technical skills, which helps to bridge the gap between academia and the workplace.

For students who want to learn to be a recording engineer, film director or radio host, the entertainment Connection extern programs are taught in one-on-one private sessions under the direct supervision of industry professionals. Students work on real-world projects and also go through a course curriculum. No experience is required and students can take classes part time during night or weekend sessions, training around a current job.

“Mentoring the Film Connection students who come into the studio and begin processing and doing stuff is the most rewarding thing. They’re actually involved in all aspects of the studio,” said program mentor, Donny Baker, also an engineer and producer. “Film school alternative students don’t just learn to record, they learn the studio business.”

The Film Connection offers a variety of financial aid packages to students who qualify, not including Sallie Mae.
About Entertainment Career Connection, Inc.

Founded in 1984, the Film Connection has provided mentor extern programs for the film, radio, television and the film recording industries in more than 100 U.S. cities in all 50 states. The programs, where graduates find their dream careers, provide the entertainment industry with apprentices and entry level employees. More than 6,000 students have graduated from Entertainment Career Connection programs, creating a vast alumni network worldwide.

Entertainment Career Connection has a reputation for having the finest radio, recording, film production and acting programs in the entertainment media industry. Unlike any other schools, students learn by doing from successful mentors in real world situations including active recording studio sessions, on real film sets and at actual on air radio stations as opposed to simulated classrooms where the pressures of client interaction and real deadlines do not exist.

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