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 and MFA degree programs 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 either short- and long-term programs through the VA.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (also known as chapter 33 benefits) became effective Aug. 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 Sept. 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.

With top-flight industry faculty and technology sponsors including Canon, Sony, Olympus, Epson, ARRI, Panavision, Zeiss, Manfrotto, Steadicam and dozens more, Maine Media Workshops has built a reputation spanning four decades for offering the most extensive, hands-on, photography and filmmaking workshops in the world.

“Our programs are ideal for U.S. service members looking to complement their training, make a career change to the media arts, or fulfill a the goal of achieving an MFA,” said Maine Media Dean & Director of Education, Elizabeth Greenberg, in a news release. “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.”

For workshops registration and college admissions information, visit mainemedia.edu, email info@mainemedia.edu, or phone toll-free 1-877-577-7700.