Art Lindauer and Raymond Rafalowski were recognized Sunday as recipients of the 2012 PIA Education Award of Excellence.
Lindauer, an instructor at Venice High School in Los Angeles, is the 2012 Academic Recipient of the award. Lindauer has applied for and received numerous California state grants to upgrade his print shop. Most recently, he received $3 million from the State Proposition ID CTE Grant—$1.5 million for equipment and $1.5 million matching funds from the Los Angeles Unified School District for renovation. This application required long hours of researching printing equipment and speaking to experts to determine what equipment would be necessary to provide his students with a state-of-the-art printing facility.
Lindauer also started an after school club through a 21st Century Learning Grant between Venice High School and the Venice Boys & Girls Club. He is also very active promoting his students and instructional programs with trade and industry groups.
Lindauer also is in the finishing stages of instituting PrintED, a national accreditation program for graphic communications courses at the secondary and post-secondary levels, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF). Once complete, Venice High will be the only high school in the state of California to offer this accreditation process for its students.
The Education Awards lauded Art Rafalowski for providing training that goes beyond his routine professional responsibilities. The national account manager at Fujifilm North America (Fairfield, OH), was recognized for his work for:
the Butler County Ohio Vocational Program as a school advisor in the Graphics Program;
as an advisor to the Clemson Graphic Communications Program;
for his work with Printing Industries of Ohio and North Kentucky, a PIA affiliate, for his work with the Adopt a School Program to encourage students to enter the graphic arts as a career choice.
Rafalowski began his career in Pittsburgh as a letterpress typesetter and pressman at Neyhart Printing Co. and moved on to become a cameraman at the University of Pittsburgh and Fisher Scientific Company.
For information on Printing Industries of America’s Awards Programs, visit printing.org/awards or contact Michael Packard.