The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved many of Maine Media Workshops one-, two- and four-week classes as education programs for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Maine Media College’s Professional Certificate Program and MFA degree program received approval in 2010. Now military personnel seeking training in the fields of filmmaking, photography, and multimedia may apply for tuition assistance for their education at Maine Media for either short or long-term programs through the VA.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill (also known as chapter 33 benefits) became effective August 1, 2009 and according to the VA website, is “the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944”. Veterans who performed active service duty after September 10, 2001, as well as current military members and eligible dependents, may be considered for the new benefits, which vary depending on term of service and other factors but can cover a significant portion of tuition, fees and books as well as a housing allowance. Contact Maine Media Registrar, Kerry Curren, for more information.
"Our programs are ideal for U.S. service members looking to complement their training, make a career change to the media arts, or to fulfill a the goal of achieving an MFA," says Maine Media Dean & Director of Education, Elizabeth Greenberg. "Whether through week-long workshops, a residency, or a college program, Maine Media offers the hands-on educational tools needed for veterans transitioning to civilian media careers."
2011 workshops, including a fall cinematography residency program, run through October. Registration for the 2011 - 2012 Professional Certificate program is open now. Applications for the MFA program are accepted on a rolling basis. For complete information visit the MMC website.