Associations Give Back to the Community

Educational associations play a vital role in the graphic arts industry, helping to insure that there is a talented, highly skilled workforce ready to take on the challenges that await. On Education Main Street, representatives from these organizations are on hand to provide information on programs, curriculum, scholarships, and internships.

EDSF (Booth 878) is dedicated to enhancing the value and relevance of document and graphic communications worldwide. EDSF awards scholarships based on scholastic achievement, honors received, participation in school activities and community service, and organizational affiliations. Its “Give Back to PRINT” gala, in which 100% of the money generated is used for scholarships, is being held on Tuesday, September 9, in the Grand Hyatt Ballroom.

GAERF (Booth 5150) is the 1983 brainchild of the National Association for Printing Leadership; NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies; and the Printing Industries of America. GAERF was created to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-managed shows into projects supporting a strong future for the industry.

This year’s GAERF Student Design Competition was themed: “Forever Print.” This year’s secondary school student first place winner was Krista Sanders, who attends Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, VA. Post-secondary school first place winner is Deborah Jones, of Wright State University-Lake Campus, in Celina, OH. The complete list of winners and their instructors will appear tomorrow.

IGAEA, The International Graphic Arts Education Association (Booth 5151) is an association of educators. IGAEA recently changed its name to The Graphic Communications Education Association, reflecting the diversity of technologies that have become a part of the world of print media. The name transition will occur during the 2013–2014 fiscal/school year,

The Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (Booth 5249) is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to those interested in graphic communication careers. More than 200 college students attending 72 schools are receiving financial assistance through PGSF.

To raise awareness, the organization sponsors the PGSF College Poster Design Competition, This year’s winning poster was designed by Adam Houghton, a student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. Titled “Set Sail For Your Future…with a PGSF Scholarship,” the poster will be given to all colleges and high schools in the U.S. that have printing and graphic communication programs for the 2013–2014 academic year. The posters are available in the PGSF booth.

Visit Booth 5149 to learn about the programs preparing America’s youth to become valuable employees in Tomorrow’s Workforce.

Programs promoted as part of Tomorrow’s Workforce include:

Skills USA is the resource for assessments that provides students with a Student Certification to validate their mastery of graphic arts academic and workplace competencies.

graphicCOMMentral is the graphic communications industry’s education and career support portal for secondary and post-secondary students and educators.

Print Ed is a national accreditation program available to secondary and post-secondary schools offering graphic communications curricula.