Michigan movie training program graduates class

EAST LANSING, MI (AP) – A new crop of would-be film industry workers picks up credentials this week in Michigan.

The state has become a magnet for movie business since creating a refundable tax credit of up to 42 percent on production expenses in Michigan. It's the most lucrative in the country.

Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and Capital Area Michigan Works sponsored the training program, which started May 18. A $195,000 state grant paid for it.

Sixty people participated, and they're getting certificates Monday at the west campus of Lansing Community College.

Michigan State specialist Gary Reid says the program "combines traditional classroom instruction ... with the actual production of a short film."