Education is one of the key forces to expanding the graphic arts industry. Printers and manufacturers say they need more well-educated students to hire. To address this challenge, GRAPH EXPO has designated a specialized section on the show floor as Education Main Street. Here, representatives from colleges, universities and educational organizations provide information on curriculum offerings, scholarships and students seeking internships. Attendees seeking talented industry newcomers to augment their company’s workforce should make this a ‘must stop’ destination at the show.
The Graphic Communication Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo offers programs in printing, publishing, packaging, computer graphics, design reproduction technology, Web and digital media, printing and imaging management, sustainability and lean manufacturing.
The William A. Krueger School of Graphic Communication is located at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. The school offers curriculum in print and electronic media from design to publishing.
The Graphic Communication Department at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, is designed to develop dedicated, practical, problem solving employees for the printing, publishing, imaging, packaging and allied industries.
Ferris State University’s Department of Printing and Imaging Technology Management in Big Rapids, MI, has built a reputation for preparing young adults for careers in the printing and imaging industry.
Fox Valley Technical College located in Appleton, WI, offers a technical diploma in package and label printing, and associate degrees in printing and publishing and package and label printing technician.
The Harper College Graphic Arts program in Palatine, IL, offers associate degree options in creative design or print production as well as a variety of certificates in graphic arts, graphic arts design, graphic arts desktop publishing, graphic arts digital photography, fashion graphic arts, graphic arts variable data and graphic arts Web design.
The Master of Arts in Graphic Communications Management and Technology, offered by New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) in New York City, is designed for communications professionals seeking to move their careers forward.
Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA, offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Communications Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications Management.
The Graphics and Imaging Technologies Department at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, prepares students for careers in the print and digital image industries.
University of Wisconsin Stout’s Graphic Communications Management program in Menomonie, WI, covers art and design, graphics software, business administration, technology, graphic arts and communications in its Bachelor of Science degree program.
The debut last evening of Scholarship Night, hosted by the Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation (EDSF), benefits EDSF scholarship programs. EDSF’s scholarship program enables students to receive the education necessary to pursue careers in the document management and graphic communications industry, while providing assistance in offsetting the financial burden.
The International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) is an association of educators in partnership with industry, dedicated to sharing theories, principles, techniques and processes relating to graphic communications and imaging technology. The association equips educators with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage students in learning graphic communications.