DreamWorks SKG has made a $5-million commitment to JobLink, an entertainment industry training program for disadvantaged students.
"We want to create opportunities and provide training for people who normally don't have access to the entertainment industry," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the studio's co-founders.
The program is being developed by City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.
During the next few month, Galanter's office will put together an advisory board for JobLink that will include representatives from DreamWorks, Galanter's office and community representatives.
One of the first initiatives of the program will be a new entertainment studies program in the Los Angeles Community College District. DreamWorks executives and staff will participate in designing the curriculum, serve as guest lecturers and technical advisors and offer work opportunities such as internships.
"This is an amazing opportunity for our students, our faculty and our administration," said Kelly Candaele, trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District.
In addition to the $5 million from DreamWorks, JobLink will seek federal and state funding, as well as grants from national charitable foundations.