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Wow – Specialty Print Communications (SPC)

by Jules VanSant in Press Releases

Wow – Specialty Print Communications (SPC) has really done an incredible job of helping to promote our industry and provide valuable insight and direction in how to become a part of it.  This piece provides detailed recommendations on not only how to become a part of the graphics industry but also provides specific ideas useful to anyone about to enter secondary education as well looking to find that first job.  SPC provides a model that should be followed by all Graphic Arts companies to help ensure the future success of the industry. CLICK HERE to access their White Paper.

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PGSF Adds New Board Members in 2020

by Jules VanSant in Press Releases

Pittsburgh, PA.— At its summer board meeting, the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) elected several new members as well as re-electing existing members to additional terms. The PGSF Board directs an endowed fund of just under $10 million that is dedicated towards encouraging young people to consider the graphics field as a career and then assisting in their education process to facilitate that end.

Nominated for new three-year terms on the board were:

Nominated for additional three-year terms were:

These directors, along with the rest of the board, bring a diverse cross section of industry experience to leading PGSF and maintaining relevance in a changing industry and educational environment. PGSF has released career materials that have been widely praised throughout the industry. Attracting youth, training new employees and replacing current workforce loses are major issues for companies of all sizes across the country. The Foundation is actively addressing these issues and providing tools for companies to enhance their own efforts in this area. For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact Jeff White at jeff.white@pgsf.org or visit the site at www.pgsf.org   About PGSF: The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not for profit, private, industry directed organization that dispenses technical and college scholarships and assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communication careers. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice for young people, and then to support them through their education process. In 2020, more than 225 students were provided with support totaling $500,000.

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PGSF Awards More Than $500,000 in Scholarships for the 2020–2021 Academic Year

by Jules VanSant in Press Releases

Pittsburgh, PA — August 4, 2020 — The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce 226 winners of its scholarship program for the 2020–2021 academic year.   The nonprofit, dedicated to dispensing undergraduate college and technical school scholarships, and graduate fellowship assistance, has awarded a total of $501,500 in scholarships for the coming academic year, ranging from $1,000 to $7,100 per recipient. PGSF scholarship winners are attending 120 accredited colleges, technical schools, and universities in the United States, such as Cal Poly, Clemson University, Ferris State University, Appalachian State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Cincinnati, and University of Wisconsin-Stout.   “We are excited to offer the PGSF scholarships to a very deserving group of individuals, especially in this unprecedented year,” comments Jules Van Sant, Chair, PGSF. “The 2020 - 2021 group is one of the best qualified in years, exhibiting a high interest in the graphic communications field.”   Students in Print PGSF accepts scholarship applications from full- and part-time students from November 1 through April 1 for the coming academic year. In addition to high school seniors or students already enrolled in a post-secondary program, PGSF accepts scholarship applications from individuals who are currently employed by a graphic communications company and are seeking additional education.   A selection of scholarship recipients are featured on PGSF’s Students in Print Web page. Video testimonials provide insight into the thoughts and motivations of the future generation who will be joining the graphic communications industry.   Since its inception in 1956, the PGSF has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to support future members of the graphics communications industry. Individuals, companies, and associations provide both annual and endowed funds to PGSF, which administers the scholarship and fellowship programs for the industry. Scholarship recipients are determined by industry educators, consultants, and PGSF alumni.   Testimonials

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2020-2021 PGSF Scholarship Recipients

by Jules VanSant in Press Releases

A HUGE congratulations to all our 2020-2021 academic year Scholarship winners. We are thrilled to announce over 200 scholarships awarded to 187 students, amounting to over $500,000!!  Following is a listing of recipients by state and listing the lucky school that will be welcoming them this fall.  

ALABAMA

  Mary Helene Hall Hometown: Fairhope Attending: Mercer University Major: Journalism   Lakyn Shepard Hometown: Madison Attending: University of Alabama-Birmingham Major: Graphic Design  

ARIZONA

  Morgan Daley Hometown: Gilbert Attending: Arizona State University Major: Graphics Information Technology   Domonique Galvez Hometown: Gilbert Attending: University of Arizona Major: Engineering   Ava Hansen Hometown: Meza Attending: Arizona State University Graphic Information Technology   Katherine Willes Hometown: Gilbert Attending: Arizona State University Major: Graphic Information Technology  

CALIFORNIA

  Jewelia Davis Hometown: Simi Valley Attending: California State University-Northridge Major: Graphic Design   Jodi Felder Hometown: Highland Attending: Riverside City College Major: Digital Media and Printing   Taylor Horne Hometown: Aliso Viejo Attending: Texas Christian University Major: Design Studies   Malia Jenkins Hometown: San Francisco Attending: University of San Francisco Major: Graphic Communications   Trent Kammemer Hometown: Fresno Attending: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications   Samantha Kim Hometown: Alameda Attending: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications   Emma Landgren Hometown: Santa Barbara Attending: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications   James Lilly Hometown: Moorpark Attending: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications   Allison Lima Hometown: Santa Cruz Attending: California State University-Long Beach Major: Graphic Design   Gracie Nicholas Hometown: Tehachapi Attending: Brigham Young University Major: Graphic Design   Isabel Pascua Hometown: Oxnard Attending: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications   Lauren Precioso Hometown: Ladera Ranch Attending: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications   Yara Razzouk Hometown: Los Angeles Attending: University of Southern California Major: Graphic Design   Taylor Silver                                                                 Hometown: San Clemente Attending: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Major: Graphic Design   Kaitlin Thomas Hometown: Loma Linds Attending: California State Polytechnic, Pomona Major: Visual Communication   Aileen Vasquez Hometown: Seaside Attending: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications   Phuong Vu Hometown: Moreno Valley Attending: California State University- San Bernardino Major: Graphic Design   Lauren Wenstad Hometown: Santa Clarita Attending: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications  

COLORADO

  Angela Comstock Hometown: Montrose Attending: Laguna College of Art and Design Major: Graphic Design & Digital Media  

CONNECTICUT

  Donald Duca Hometown: Norwich Attending: Three Rivers Community College Major: Graphic Design   Gabrielle Johnston Hometown: Easton Attending: Rochester Institute of Technology Major: Graphic Design   Alyssa Vezina Hometown: Fairfield Attending: Central Connecticut State University Major: Graphic Design/Print    

FLORIDA

  Keston Hinds Cruz Hometown: Sanford Attending: California College of the Arts Major: Graphic Design/Print   Andrea Mendible Marcano Hometown: Orlando Attending: University of Central Florida Major: Emerging Media   Rashawn Peters Hometown: Winter Garden Attending: University of Central Florida Major: Computer Engineer   Vannice Pickett Hometown: Orlando Attending: Valencia College-West Campus Major: Graphic Design  

GEORGIA

  Megan D’Errico Hometown: Tyrone Attending: Kennesaw State University Major: Graphic Communications   Kristen Dunning Hometown: Dallas Attending: University of Georgia Major: Computer Science   Meredith Franchi Hometown: Marietta Attending: Clemson University Major: Graphic Communications   Liberty Harris Hometown: Fayetteville Attending: Art Institute of Chicago Major: Visual Communications   Hannah Ohlmeier Hometown: Tyrone Attending: University of Georgia Major: Marketing/International Business   Abigail Rodriguez-Colón Hometown: Richmond Hill Attending: Georgia Southern University Major: Graphic Design   Jazmine Wilkerson Hometown: Athens Attending: University of Georgia Major: Graphic Design   Rah Mere Williams Hometown: Augusta Attending: Augusta University Major: Graphic Design  

IOWA

  Courtney Kirsch Hometown: Ames Attending: Iowa State University Major: Graphic Design   Cassandra Pirtle Hometown: Maquoketa Attending: Clinton Community College Major: Graphic Arts   Samuel Smith Hometown: Ainsworth Attending: University of Northern Iowa Major: Graphic Design  

IDAHO

  Madison Park Hometown: Blackfoot Attending: Boise State University Major: Graphic Design   David Stroup Hometown: Weippe Attending: Lewis and Clark Community College Major: Graphic Communications   Addison Thomson Hometown: Weippe Attending: University of Idaho Major: Graphic Design  

ILLINOIS                      

  Julian Aparicio Hometown: Chicago Attending: Kennedy-King College Major: Communication Design   Daniil Gerasimov Hometown: River Forest Attending: Washington University-St. Louis Major: Communication Design   Maia Huddleston Hometown: Mattoon Attending: Illinois State University Major: Mass Media   Rachel Kandefer Hometown: Elk Grove Village Attending: William Rainey Harper College Major: Graphic Communications   Eleanor Keelan Hometown: LaGrange Attending: University of Dayton Major: Graphic Design   Kaiyah King Hometown: Energy Attending: Auburn University Major: Graphic Design   Jenna Lozano Hometown: Chicago Attending: Tufts University Major: Graphic Design   Autumn Mercure Hometown: McHenry Attending: McHenry County College Major: Graphic Arts   Philip Mueller Hometown: Freeport Attending: University of Kansas Major: Graphic Design   Haliah Offutt Hometown: Peoria Attending: Illinois State University Major: Graphic Communications   Jack Sanford Hometown: Buffalo Grove Attending: Iowa State University Major: Graphic Design   Connor Sigrist Hometown: Sugar Grove Attending: Aurora University Major: Graphic Design  

INDIANA

  Miryan Bevelle Hometown: Dyer Attending: Ball State University Major: Graphic Arts Management   Hanna Boggs Hometown: Spiceland Attending: Ball State University Major: Visual Communications   Amber Root Hometown: Greenfield Attending: University of St. Francis-Ft. Wayne Major: Graphic Design   Faith Wittman Hometown: Gentryville Attending: Ball State University Major: Graphic Communications  

KANSAS

  Seth Boles Hometown: Derby Attending: Wichita State University Major: Graphic Design   Becker Griffin Hometown: Stilwell Attending: Pittsburg State University Major: Graphic & Imaging Technologies   Landry Hinkson Hometown: Cottonwood Falls Attending: Hasting College Major: Communications   Lillabeth King Hometown: Topeka Attending: MidAmerica Nazarene University Major: Graphic Design   Dayton Knight Hometown: Fort Scott Attending: Pittsburg State University Major: Graphic Communications   Madison Murray Hometown: Cheney Attending: Wichita State University Major: Graphic Communications   Victoria Wright Hometown: Shawnee Attending: Pittsburg State University Major: Graphic Communications  

KENTUCKY

  Abby Ziegelmeyer Hometown: Erlanger Attending: University of Cincinnati Major: Communication Design  

MASSACHUSETTS

  Sara Aube Hometown: Rockland Attending: Massachusetts College of A&D Major: Visual Communication Design   Julia Banks Hometown: Banks Attending: Pratt Institute Major: Communications Design   Madeline Bettencourt Hometown: North Attleboro Attending: University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Major: Graphic Design   Lauren Bigelow Hometown: Charlton Attending: University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Major: Graphic Design   Sara Gordon Hometown: Littleton Attending: Northeastern University Major: Graphic & Information Design   Jacob Hinman Hometown: Spencer Attending: Bemidji State University Major: Graphic Design   Laura Shrago Hometown: Sharon Attending: Northeastern University Major: Graphic Design   Caitlin Tavares Hometown: Seekonk Attending: Roger Williams University Major: Graphic Design Communication   Shaun Wray Hometown: Charlestown Attending: School of Visual Arts Major: Graphic Design  

MARYLAND

  Clair Bizzell Hometown: Owings Mills Attending: Drexel University Major: Product Design   Joshua Evans Hometown: Randallstown Attending: Millersville University Major: Interactive & Graphic Design   Georgina Gonzalea-Kabwasa Hometown: Germantown Attending: Johnson C. Smith University Major: Graphic Design   Jahlen Grant-King Hometown: White Plains Attending: Savannah College of Art & Design Major: Graphic Design   Irina Ivanova Hometown: Ellicott City Attending: Stevenson University Major: Graphic Design   Julia Meassick Hometown: Ellersburg Attending: Millersville University Major: Graphic Communications   Caroline Miller Hometown: Easton Attending: James Madison University Major: Graphic Design   Brenden Thompson Hometown: White Plains Attending: University of Maryland, Baltimore County Major: Graphic Design  

MAINE

  Ariel Ferrel Hometown: Bath Attending: Maine College of Art Major: Graphic Design  

MASSACHUSETTS

  Sara Aube Hometown: Rockland Attending: Massachusetts College of Art & Design Major: Visual Communication Design  

MICHIGAN

  Jenny Appledorn Hometown: Fountain Attending: Ferris State University Major: Graphic Communications   Spencer Barrer Hometown: Royal Oak Attending: Michigan State University Major: Engineer   Baylee Devos Hometown: Caledonia Attending: Ferris State University Major: Graphic Design   Ashlee Freeman Hometown: Saline Attending: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Major: Graphic Design   Margaret Golia Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods Attending: Western Michigan University Major: Graphic and Printing Science   Prashant Kotkar Hometown: Kalamazoo Attending: Western Michigan University Major: Paper and Printing Science   Sarah Schafer Hometown: Grand Blanc Attending: Kendall College of Art & Design Major: Graphic Design   Emma Sietsema Hometown: Coopersville Attending: Michigan State University Major: Graphic Design  

MINNESOTA

  Kelly Jablonski Hometown: Chaska Attending: University of Wisconsin-Stout Major: Graphic Communications   Ryan Melin Hometown: Lakeville Attending: University of Northern Iowa Major: Graphic Technologies   Hannah Peterson Hometown: Lakeville Attending: University of Wisconsin-Stout Major: Sustainable Management   Morgan Rock Hometown: Duluth Attending: Mesabi Range College Major: Graphic Design Media   Kayla Van Staagen Hometown: Duluth Attending: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Major: Graphic Design  

MISSOURI

  Makenzi Bohnert Hometown: Millersville Attending: College of the Ozarks Major: Graphic Design   Madison Crosswhite Hometown: O’Fallon Attending: William Woods University Major: Graphic Design/Education   Kalani Ferguson Hometown: Waynesville Attending: Illinois State University Major: Graphic Communications   Jennifer Morales Hometown: Kansas City Attending: Park University Major: Graphic Design   Cienna Newett Hometown: Riverside Attending: California Institute of the Arts Major: Graphic Design   Wyatt Smith Hometown: Lamar Attending: College of the Ozarks Major: Graphic Design  

NORTH CAROLINA

  Suzette Correa Hometown: Yadkinville Attending: Appalachian State University Major: Graphic Communication Management   Katherine Cress Hometown: Concord Attending: Appalachian State University Major: Graphic Communication Management   Jaiden Gorniak Hometown: Charlotte Attending: Appalachian State University Major: Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology   Juliet Lambert Hometown: Rutherfordton Attending: Appalachian State University Major: Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology   Anna Lawrence Hometown: Wilmington Attending: North Carolina State University Major: Graphic Design   Collin Love Hometown: Monroe Attending: Appalachian State University Major: Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology   Jazlyn Montague Hometown: Youngsville Attending: Appalachian State University Major: Graphic Communication Management   Angelina Parrott Hometown: Trenton Attending: Lenoir Community College Major: Graphic Design   Marcus Richardson Hometown: Bailey Attending: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Major: Graphic Design   Alex Rodriguez Hometown: Winston-Salem Attending: Appalachian State University Major: Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology  

NORTH DAKOTA

  Olivia Abraham Hometown: Horace Attending: Grand Canyon University Major: Marketing/Advertising   Anna Dragseth Hometown: Watford City Attending: North Dakota State University Major: Journalism/Communications  

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  Skylar Curtis Hometown: Milford Attending: Manchester Community College Major: Graphic Design  

NEW JERSEY

  Isabella Icolari Hometown: Livington Attending: Drexel University Major: Graphic Design   Jada Thomas Hometown: Burlington Attending: Howard University Major: Graphic Design  

NEW YORK

  Anna King Hometown: Gloversville Attending: Lasell College Major: Graphic Design   Caitlyn Scully Hometown: Depew Attending: Nazareth College of Rochester Major: Visual Communications  

OHIO

  Fiona Andrews Hometown: Hamilton Attending: University of Cincinnativ Major: Communication Design   Marielle Bender Hometown: Independence Attending: Ferris State University Major: Graphic Media Management   Julianne Konicek Hometown: Northfield Attending: Bowling Green State University Major: Visual Communication Technology   Chelsey Orlando Hometown: Chardon Attending: Hiram College Major: Graphic/Digital Design   Gregory Paparizos Hometown: Independence Attending: Baldwin Wallace University Major: Digital Marketing   Kathleen Plaugher Hometown: Cincinnati Attending: University of Cincinnati Major: Communication Design   Senia Toivonen Hometown: Westlake Attending: University of Cincinnati Major: Graphic Arts/Prepress   Miranda Vega Hometown: Dennison Attending: University of Akron Major: Graphic Design  

PENNSYLVANIA

  Aleia Baker Hometown: Caralisle Attending: Millersville University Major: Technology   Shane Esbenshade Hometown: East Earl Attending: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Major: Graphic Communication/Printing Technology   Sophia Felger Hometown: Georgetown Attending: Laguna College of Art and Design Major: Graphic Design   Gabrielle Haring Hometown: Allentown Attending: York College of Pennsylvania Major: Graphic Design   Victoria Iannarelli Hometown: Philadelphia Attending: Temple University Major: Graphic Design   Emily Loccisano Hometown: Meadville Attending: Kent State University Major: Visual Communications   Alyssa Maziara Hometown: Meadville Attending: Kent State University Major: Visual Communications Design   Tyler Miller Hometown: Montgomery Attending: PA College of Technology Major: Graphic Design   Rachel Polachek Hometown: Houston Attending: California University of PA Major: Digital Media Technology   Erica Taylor Hometown: Collegeville Attending: Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo Major: Graphic Communications/Packaging   William Zeranski Hometown: Spring Brook Twp. Attending: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Major: Graphic Communications/Printing  

RHODE ISLAND

  Sabrina Lemire Hometown: Pawtucket Attending: Johnson & Wales University Major: Graphic Design/Digital Media  

SOUTH CAROLINA

  Elizabeth Gale Hometown: Fort Mill Attending: Clemson University Major: Packaging Science   Katie Kelly Hometown: Anderson Attending: Clemson University Major: Graphic Communications   Allison Killinger Hometown: Columbia Attending: Clemson University Major: Graphic Communications   Kelsey Kirkland Hometown: Sullivan’s Island Attending: Clemson University Major: Graphic Communications   Sarah Locklair Hometown: Florence Attending: Clemson University Major: Graphic Communications   Kasie Nugent Hometown: Fort Mill Attending: Clemson University Major: Graphic Communications   Zachary Patterson Hometown: Lancaster Attending: Clemson University Major: Graphic Communications   Kara Watterson Hometown: Greer Attending: Texas State University-San Marcos Major: Communication Design   Natalie Weaver Hometown: West Columbia Attending: Clemson University Major: Graphic Communications   Mary Werner Hometown: Fort Mill Attending: Clemson University Major: Packaging Science  

TENNESSEE

  Cadie Chapell Hometown: Corryton Attending: University of Tennessee-Knoxville Major: Graphic Design   Isabel Kokko Hometown: Chattanooga Attending: Drexel University Major: Graphic Design   Abraham Mast Hometown: Thompsons Station Attending: Belmont University Major: Graphic Design Communications  

TEXAS

  Sara Bone Hometown: Richmond Attending: Stephen F. Austin State University Major: Graphic Design/Packaging   Jorge Charles Hometown: Von Ormy Attending: Texas State University-San Marcos Major: Communication Design   Wende-Denda Dantoumda Hometown: Arlington Attending: University of Texas-Austin Major: Visual Communications   Sean Garnsey Hometown: San Antonio Attending: University of Texas-San Antonio Major: Electrical Engineering   Alyssa Hamilton Hometown: Dallas Attending: Arizona State University Major: Visual Communications   Taryn Hastings Hometown: Kerrville Attending: Texas A&M University Major: Visualization   Andres Meza Hometown: San Antonio Attending: Texas State University-San Marcos Major: Communication Design   Lisa Silveira Hometown: Katy Attending: Texas A&M University Major: Communication Design   Kelis Woods Hometown: Houston Attending: University of Houston Major: Digital Media   Leena Lam Hometown: Kaufman Attending: University of North Texas Major: Communication Design  

UTAH

  Stauney Hansen Segle Hometown: Clinton Attending: Utah Valley University Major: Graphic Design   Ella Davis Hometown: Salt Lake City Attending: University of Utah Major: Graphic Design   Gabriella Fletcher Hometown: Salt Lake City Attending: University of Utah Major: Graphic Communications   Sophia Araujo Jacobs Hometown: Salt Lake City Attending: Salt Lake Community College Major: Graphic Communication/Design  

VERMONT

  Daniel Goldberg Hometown: Burlington Attending: Rhode Island School of Design Major: Graphic Design   Brooke Rubright Hometown: Salisbury Attending: Castle University Major: Graphic Communications Design  

WASHINGTON

  Kaleb Doan Hometown: Seattle Attending: University of Washington Major: Graphic Design   Sheena Kapila Hometown: Renton Attending: Seattle University Major: Graphic and Digital Design  

WISCONSIN

  Quinn Donelan Hometown: Monona Attending: University of Wisconsin-Stout Major: Design   Abigayle Gardiner Hometown DeForest Attending: University of Wisconsin-Stout Major: Graphic Communication   Cecilia Harold Hometown: Janesville Attending: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Major: Graphic Design   Carrigan Heinz Hometown: Mondovi Attending: University of Wisconsin-Stout Major: Graphic Communications   Annie Knowlton Hometown: Waupun Attending: Trinity International University Major: Graphic Design   Cali Scholes Hometown: Deforest Attending: University of Wisconsin-Stout Major: Graphic Communications  

International Award

  Lea Bagi Hometown: Novi Sad, Vojvodina Attending: Savannah College of Art and Design Major: Graphic Design

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GCWC Announces Winning Logo

by Jules VanSant in Press Releases

GCWC Announces Winning Logo May 20, 2020- The Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition (GCWC) has completed the student design contest and is now introducing its new logo. Nearly 50 entries were received from students across the United States and several were in the top group for consideration. The winning design was submitted by Brianna Macsuga, a student at the Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. She will be receiving $1000 in tuition assistance. In addition to the winning entry, two honorable mention awards of $250 will go to Qi Chen and Mandana Yaghini, both from Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California. Genesee instructor Michael Crawford was instrumental in encouraging his students to participate in the competition. He stated, “Brianna is a first-year foundation student with an endless eagerness to ‘get it right’. I admire and truly appreciate her tenacity and grit. I am a fan of her resourcefulness and so look forward to hearing of her future successes and accomplishments. The employer that captures her is going to be very lucky indeed.” At Genesee Career Institute, no matter what the career & technical education program offered, all students are trained to become the best problem solvers and build a solid foundation for future careers. These tuition awards were made possible by the David W. Jones Scholarship Fund managed by Print Media Association in St. Louis, MO, and its director Tim Suraud. Tim related “We had a number of interesting and suitable entries. The competition for top choice was close and the committee was impressed with the results.” Created about a year ago, the Coalition membership currently consists of nearly 50 organizations from across all spectrums of the industry and the country. The group comprises concerned associations, educators, and industry representatives (service providers and suppliers) who are uniting to address a key industry concern. As stated in its organizing documents, “The purpose of the coalition will be to coordinate the efforts of all organizations representing the broad scope of the graphic communications industry for creating awareness, recruitment of new people into the industry, providing a framework for apprenticeship and training programs, and the retention of the existing workforce. By combining the separate efforts, experiences and initiatives of various organizations, coordinating actions and the sharing of ideas and resources, it is expected that all will benefit.” Website GCWC’s website is now live with basic information and a list of current members. Those interested can access it at www.gccoalition.org. This site is intended to be a compilation of resources for the industry, and the GCWC Board of Directors is very excited to announce that soon the site will contain information on the “Print Is Everywhere” campaign and a model apprenticeship program, both of which are near the roll out stage. Be a Part of Industry Collaboration Membership is open to interested parties representing the continuum of the graphic communications industry. This includes associations, vendors to the industry, educational institutions, and all areas of print and graphic communications service providers. Those interested in participating are encouraged to use the website “Join Us” page to sign on. There is no cost to join, only the desire to participate in the process. GCWC is actively seeking service providers, educational institutions and industry vendors to both its membership and to represent their constituencies on the board. GCWC chair Judy Durham (Association for Print Technologies) stated “We are making significant progress in addressing this key industry concern. This effort has wide support and we expect that significant action will be the result of our efforts.” For more information, or to answer any questions about GCWC please contact Judy at jdurham@aptech.org or secretary John Berthelsen at johnb@pgsf.org or 608-575-3904.

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Interview Contest Winner Abigail Carter

by Printing Industries in Press Releases

Mattoon High School Student Abigail Carter Wins PGSF Poster AND T-Shirt Design Contest

By: Cary Sherburne (whattheythink.com)
Each year the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation conducts poster and t-shirt design contests, accepting submissions from students around the country that are pursuing a career in graphic communications or related field at a U.S. technical school or college. The winner of the poster contest is awarded a prize of $500, given an award certificate and honored in a national news release. The winner of the t-shirt design contest will receive a trip to PRINTING United, an award certificate, recognition in a national press release, and thanks to the generosity of sponsors Ryonet, a t-shirt press. In 2020, one student won in both categories amidst 70+ entries independently judged by 15 judges. Abigail Carter, a high school junior at Mattoon High School in Franklin, Illinois, was the student that achieved this unique honor. Her T-shirt design will be placed in production at PRINTING United and used to promote the careers possible in graphics, availability of scholarships through PGSF, and/or how graphic communications fit into today’s world. Shirts are also sold, with proceeds going to the Foundation. In addition, her  will be displayed in schools across the United States in the 2020-2021 school year. “My Graphic Arts teacher, Mrs. [Laura] Roberts, received a packet of information from PGSF and told the class that we could spend class time on entries once we finished assigned school work,” Carter explained. “I wasn’t really expecting to win, and was shocked when they picked me twice!” Carter explains that she used CMY process colors as her inspiration and wanted to show off all the things that are possible in a graphics career. “I decided for the T-shirt to use a brain kind of thing, showing all the ways you can be involved in this industry,” she says. “My teacher suggested using a wordle [word cloud] inside the figure. I had to look that up, and once I did, I thought it would be a cool way to show careers and printing methods without making it feel too clustered and condensed. I also wanted both the T-shirt and poster to match a little, but not be exactly the same. Kind of like, cool, look at these scholarships; they will blow your mind. And all the available opportunities will make your head explode.” Carter reports that she knew as a freshman in high school that she wanted to go into the graphic arts program, but couldn’t do so till she was a junior. “I have always liked art,” she says. “I’m not particularly tech-y, but I do art on the computer as well. I thought it might be a fun class, and when I finally got to take it, I fell in love with it.” Roberts added, “Abigail is a very strong student, and we are thrilled that she received this recognition, for her and for our program. We will be looking for great things from her in the future!” The program uses Adobe design software, including Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign and Premier; has two screen printing devices (4- and 6-color), a Xerox ColorQube printer, a guillotine cutter and a shrink wrap machine among other resources. The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is a not-for-profit, private, graphics industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college and technical school scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to talented men and women interested in graphic communications careers. Recipients include full time students as well as those working who seek additional education in the industry. The purpose of the organization is to connect interested students, those currently working who seek additional training, present & past recipients, donors, educators, and industry professionals with PGSF, as well as discuss issues and ideas for the greater Print and Graphic Communications industry.

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2020 PGSF Poster Design & T-Shirt Competition Winners

by Printing Industries in Press Releases

 The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is proud to announce the winners of its 2020 Poster and T-Shirt Design competitions. This year there were over 70 entries for the poster group and over 50 for the T-Shirt contest.  The winner of the Poster Contest for Full-Time students is Abigail Carter who attends Mattoon High School in Illinois. The winner for the part-time student poster is Allyson Randa, a student currently attending Waubonsee Community College in Illinois.  Our T-Shirt winner is also Abigail Carter whose design was selected overwhelmingly by our judging panel.  The second-place winner for the T-Shirt competition is Mandana Yaghini of Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo California . Due to the high number of entries this year in our poster contest, we have decided to also have a 2nd place winner in the Poster contest and that person is Tamari Kevlishvili, a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College located in Green Bay Wisconsin. These posters and the T-Shirts will be used to promote the availability of scholarships for students pursuing a career in graphic communication industry. The first-place winning entries are below: *Full-Time Poster, Part-Time Poster Winner, T-Shirt Winner The Poster design competition was entered by many classes and individual students that used the competition entry as a real working assignment.  Abigail’s Graphic Arts Teacher at Mattoon High School, Laura Roberts, gives all her students opportunities to compete in real-world competitions.  “It is important that we educate students on various vocational trades that are in high demand.  Many high schools no longer offer vocational classes. I am happy to educate and inspire Graphic communications to our high school students giving them a viable career path in higher education.  2020 has definitely demonstrated the flexibility and possibilities creating endless opportunities for students in this ever-changing field.” The winning entrants for the poster received a $500 check and second place received a $250 check, each will also receive an award certificate, and national recognition by news release. The posters will be produced at this year’s Printing United Show in Atlanta by Ricoh and the files will also be made available for others to print and distribute.  “At Ricoh, we have always made our mission clear: to create and grow alliances within our industry to help us all move forward successfully,” said Heather Poulin, Vice President, Marketing, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh USA, Inc. “That growth, along with new innovation and ideas come from talented, innovative students, up and coming into the workforce. By supporting the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation, our goal is to reward these students’ hard work and encourage them to consider careers in our industry by demonstrating the value, passion, and impact of print.” The T-Shirt winner receives a free trip to the Printing United Show where their design will be produced by Ryonet on the show floor.  Thanks to Ryonet®|Allmade®, ROQ, and Sanmar, the first-place winner will also receive a Semi-Pro 4 Color Screen Printing Kit by Ryonet(valued at $2000).  The second place winner receives a DIY PRINT SHOP Original T-Shirt Screen Printing Kit (value $250). Currently, more than two hundred college students attending some 90 schools are receiving financial assistance through PGSF. However, many more deserving scholarship applicants are turned down due to lack of funds. For copies of the poster, information regarding tax-advantaged contributions, establishing a scholarship through PGSF, or scholarship applications, contact Bernie Eckert, PGSF managing director  at 412-259-1740 or beckert@pgsf.org  You can also visit the website for more details about the Foundation at www.pgsf.org.

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Attracting Valuable Employees

by Printing Industries in Press Releases

Jeff White, the new Director of Development for the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation speaks to Thayer Long, President of The Association for Print Technologies about what it takes to be successful at attracting and retaining new, highly skilled employees into the Graphic Arts business. This continued pipeline is needed for them to compete with other media and expand their business and remain profitable. Listen now

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GCWC Announces Website and Design Competition

by Printing Industries in Press Releases

The Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition (GCWC) has made significant progress in the past several months since it was first organized. Membership currently consists of nearly 50 organizations from across all spectrums of the industry and the country. The group consists of concerned associations, educators, and industry representatives who are uniting to address a key industry concern. As stated in its organizing documents, “The purpose of the coalition will be to coordinate the efforts of all organizations representing the broad scope of the graphic communications industry for creating awareness, recruitment of new people into the industry, providing a framework for apprenticeship and training programs, and the retention of the existing workforce. By combining the separate efforts, experiences and initiatives of various organizations, coordinating actions and the sharing of ideas and resources, it is expected that all will benefit.” Website GCWC’s website has now gone live with basic information and a list of current members. Those interested can access it at www.gccoalition.org. This site is intended to be a compilation of resources for the industry, therefore the GCWC Board of Directors is very excited to announce that soon the site will contain information on the “Print Is Everywhere” campaign and a model apprenticeship program, both of which are in final stages of development. Logo Design Competition In an effort to reach out to young people interested in a career in graphic communications and a desire to have a brand that will attract the younger generation, a student design contest has been announced to create a logo for GCWC. Information on this contest, which has a first-place scholarship award of $1000, is being sent to educators and schools across the country. It is also accessible on the new website. Be a Part of Industry Collaboration Membership is open to interested parties representing the continuum of the graphic communications industry. This includes associations, vendors to the industry, educational institutions, and all areas of print and graphic communications service providers. Those interested in participating are encouraged to use the website “Join Us” page to sign on. There is no cost to join, only the desire to participate in the process. GCWC is actively seeking service providers, educational institutions and industry vendors to both its membership and to represent their constituencies on the board. GCWC chair Judy Durham (APTech) stated “We are making significant progress in addressing this key industry concern. This effort has wide support and we expect that significant action will be the result of our efforts.”   For more information, or to answer any questions about GCWC please contact Judy at jdurham@aptech.org or secretary John Berthelsen at johnb@pgsf.org or 608-575-3904.

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Be a Donor and Be A Winner!

by Printing Industries in Press Releases, Uncategorized

Roll the Dice - Support Scholarships

Donate to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation during the months of December and January and you will automatically be entered to win airline tickets, a weekend in Las Vegas and other outstanding prizes. Scroll down for details and contest rules.

Every $100 in contributions will give you one entry A $1000 donation will get you TEN chances to win!

Big thank you to co-sponsor EFI for supporting our fundraising efforts!

What Can You Win?

Wynn Las Vegas Theatre Weekend

A 3-day/2-night stay in a Deluxe Resort room at Wynn Las Vegas along with two complimentary tickets to the Le Reve– The Dream show in the Wynn Theatre. This is a $900 value. Expires 2/1/21.

Airline Travel Certificate

Two complimentary round trip airfares to any continental U.S. domestic destination of your choice. From Direct Travel, Western region. Expires 12/31/2020. Potential value of $900.

Dream Racing

Receive one, five (5) lap driving experience in the Porsche Cayman Race Car, exclusively at Dream Racing in Las Vegas. A $350 value - Expires 12/31/21.

Apple iPad

New Apple iPad 10.2 inch with Wi-Fi and 128GB memory. Value of $450.

Connect 2021 Registration

Complimentary registration for the EFI Connect conference in Las Vegas. Includes a Wynn room upgrade. A $1300 value good for 2021 conference only.

Contest rules
  1. All donations to PGSF made from December 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020 are eligible.
  2. For every $100 in contributions the donor’s name will be entered in the drawing for prizes. (Example: A $500 donation receives five entries in the drawing.)
  3. Drawing will take place in February and winners will be notified at that time.
  4. PGSF is a 501(c)3 charity and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by the IRS.
  5. Prizes have no cash value and it is up to the winner to complete arrangements with the prize sponsor.
  6. Transportation to and from Las Vegas is not included with any of the prizes.
  7. Employees of PGSF are not eligible for prizes.

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