Education Update June 2016
Fayette County has had limited offerings from post-secondary institutions within the county. Clayton State and Central Michigan University both offer classes in Peachtree City but until last year, there was no post-secondary campuses in Fayette County.
Georgia Military College (GMC) opened the Fayetteville campus in the summer of 2015. Its first semester saw an enrollment of 284 students which has increased on average about 30 percent. With its launch, GMC is offering 21 associate’s degrees and will offer bachelor’s degrees in business management and supervision and management beginning in 2017. This year, GMC was proud to present 11 graduation diplomas and to have more than 240 students on the Presidents or Dean’s lists during the first school year.
GMC has become a strong partner in the community particularly with internships at places like Pinewood Atlanta Studios and affiliated service providers in the film industry.
GMC is headquartered in Milledgeville, Ga. and currently has 11 additional campuses.
In January 2015, Gov. Deal announced the formation of the Georgia Film Academy (GFA). The Fayetteville campus opened this year and is co-located at Pinewood Atlanta studios. GFA partners with the existing university system including Clayton State University. Jeffrey Stepakoff heads up GFA and calls the program a “soups to nuts training program where students are exposed to all the basic production crafts.” Stepakoff sees writing as a key catalyst for Georgia’s film industry and is working on growing this sector of the business.