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Attracting Valuable Employees

by Jules VanSant 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 Jules VanSant 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 Jules VanSant 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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Exciting Staff Updates in 2020

by Printing Industries in Press Releases

Pittsburgh, PA.— Following actions taken at its fall board meeting, the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSFhas added a new team member and assigned new duties to existing staff. Jeff White will become the Director of Development for the Foundation. John Berthelsen, who has held that position for the past five years, will shift to Director of Operations. Bernie Eckert who has been Administrator will now be Managing Director, focusing on relationships with schools, educators and scholarship recipients Jeff recently retired from a 27-year career at EFI where he held positions as General Manager, Sales Director and Managing Director. He has been a member of the PGSF Board of Directors for some 15 years. Jeff will focus on increasing the visibility of the organization and expanding its donor base. Jeff related, “I’m looking forward to helping students in the Graphic Arts industry be able to afford their education and become members of this great industry that I’ve been a part of for so long.” John will continue to build on the Foundation’s efforts to implement digital technologies, cloud-based operations and independent administration. This year the Foundation released a totally new application process that is much simpler and more flexible than previously utilized. It is also continuing a path of total independence from, or reliance on, any single industry affiliated association. During his time as VP of Development the endowed funds of the Foundation increased from $8 million to $10 million. Bernie’s communications with educators, scholarship recipients and alumni will continue to be a vital part of the organization’s success. For students, she is the face of the group. PGSF recently released new 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.

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2019 PGSF Poster Contest Winners

by Printing Industries in Press Releases

PGSF is excited to announce our 2019 Poster Contest Winners

This year’s poster winners are:

Holly Maxwell, from Pittsburg State University

PGSF Poster Contest Winner Holly Maxwell

Full-Time Student Winner, Holly Maxwell 

John Dreisbach, PGSF Board member and VP of Sales and Marketing at Evergreen Printing Co, said that full time student Holly Maxwell’s poster provided “a welcoming message...” Maxwell, a nontraditional student and mother of six children, shared: “I get so excited when I get to create something cool! I love that you have opened up this scholarship opportunity to part-time students that are working in the graphics industry!”

Educators! Please Download, Print and Share this 2019 PGSF Poster:  Currently Employed "Grow Your Future" Created by Holly Maxwell 

 

Juliette Woodruff, from Pittsburg State University

PGSF Poster Contest Winner Juliette Woodruff

Full-Time Student Winner, Juliette Woodruff 

Full-time student winner, Juliette Woodruff’s poster caught the attention of judge Bill Michael, Cisco.  “Several things stood out: the clever use of the CMYK color-scheme across the graduation cap, the clean and legible font, the QR code, and the overall tie-in with the printing industry.” Woodruff, who majored in Communication with an emphasis in Strategic Communication and a minor in Graphic Design, shared “ I wanted to show how important scholarships can be to students. The mortarboard cap emphasizes how every little bit of financial assistance can help students achieve their goals of graduating and getting established in careers.”

Educators! Please Download, Print and Share this 2019 PGSF Poster this 2019 PGSF Poster: Students "Seeking Graphic Communications Scholarships" Designed by Juliette Woodruff   Posters are available for download by clicking the links above. We encourage all colleges, high schools in the United States with classes and students focused on graphic communications. We also invite employers to share with their staff who may seek additional education to advance their careers in print and graphics!  CLICK HERE to submit your information and be on all future mail and email communications. 

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Eligibility Expanded for Scholarships

by Printing Industries in Press Releases

Pittsburgh, PA.—The board of directors of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that they have revised the policy for awarding scholarships by significantly expanding the range of students and education methods for financial support. Previously only full-time students had been eligible to apply for scholarships. Starting in the 2019-20 application period individuals already employed in the graphic communications industry will be encouraged to apply for assistance when taking classes as part-time students. Current workers in the industry are often interested in going back to school on a part-time basis in order to learn new skills and improve their opportunities for advancement. They will now be able to gain financial support for instruction at their local technical school or college. Employees of companies that are already donors, or have established endowments, will be given priority recommendations. “PGSF is dedicated to promoting careers in the graphic arts, and we are pleased to provide this new vehicle to serve the needs of the industry.” said John Berthelsen, VP-Development for PGSF. “With the establishment of this policy, we expect to provide significant support to a key segment of the workforce.” Bill Michael, the current chair of PGSF added, “For the past few years, we have made significant strides towards becoming the most effective support system for building the workforce of the graphic communications industry. This step fits perfectly within our mission as our donors continue to demonstrate their leadership by investing in the future of the industry.” For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact John Berthelsen at jberthelsen@printing.org or visit the site at www.pgsf.org ###### About PGSF: The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not for profit, 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 2018-19, more than 200 students were provided with support totaling over $500,000.

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PrintAmerica Funds Endowed Scholarship

by Printing Industries in Press Releases

Pittsburgh, PA.—The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that an endowment established by industry peer group PrintAmerica has been fully funded at the Print Heritage level of $25,000. This is a continuation of the group’s ongoing annual contributions towards the funding of scholarships. This endowment has been made by the group in order to demonstrate their commitment to the industry and building of the future workforce. The fourteen companies in PrintAmerica represent major markets across the country with over $500,000,000 in revenues, providing print, mail, fulfillment, display graphics, inkjet, and other products and services. The group had previously jointly decided that each member company would contribute an annual $1000 donation to PGSF. The cumulative effect of those donations over the past several years has enabled it to exceed the minimum endowment level of $25,000. Employees, or offspring of employees, of member companies will be given first preference when the awarding of scholarships is done each year. Companies in PrintAmerica include the following: Aradius Group—Omaha, Nebraska Best Press—Addison, Texas Cohber Press—Rochester, New York Corporate Communications Group—Upper Marlboro, Maryland DCG One—Seattle, Washington Garlich Printing Company—Fenton, Missouri Graphic Visual Solutions—Greensboro, North Carolina Heeter—Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Standard Press—Atlanta, Georgia Suttle-Straus—Waunakee, Wisconsin The Dot Corp—Irvine, California The Standard Group—Reading, Pennsylvania Think Patented—Miamisburg, Ohio Trabon Group—Kansas City, Missouri “PGSF is dedicated to promoting careers in the graphic arts, and we are pleased to provide this vehicle for PrintAmerica to do the same.” said John Berthelsen, VP-Development for PGSF. “With the establishment of this group effort, they have demonstrated a great model for others to follow and provided a perpetual testament of their dedication to the industry.” Bill Woods, the Executive Director of PrintAmerica added, “For many years, PrintAmerica has been known as a select, progressive collection of marketing communications companies from across the United States. Our commitment to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation fits perfectly within our mission as our members continue to demonstrate their leadership by investing in the future of the industry.” For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact John Berthelsen at jberthelsen@printing.org or visit the site at www.pgsf.org ###### About PGSF: The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not for profit, 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 2018-19, more than 200 students were provided with support totaling over $500,000. About PrintAmerica: PrintAmerica is an exclusive peer network of marketing communications companies from across the United States. The organizations making up the roster of PrintAmerica are highly diversified, offering specialized services including agency, creative and branding expertise as well as automated, programmatic and analytic marketing solutions. Members of the group represent major markets across the country with over $500,000,000 in combined revenues. PrintAmerica focuses on strategic renewal and growth of its members by providing opportunities for learning, sharing and collaborating. For more information about PrintAmerica, contact Bill Woods at Bwoods@advisementcenter.com or visit the site at www.printamerica.biz.

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New Scholarship Funded by Graphic Arts Alliance

by Sam Shea in Press Releases

Pittsburgh, PA—The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that a new scholarship has been funded by Graphic Arts Alliance. The GAA Scholarship endowment will be initially funded at the Print Heritage endowment level of $25,000. The scholarship is being established by GAA in recognition of the organization’s concern with supporting the future workforce of the industry. GAA is headquartered in Philadelphia, but its member companies cover the entire United States. Since being founded in 2002, the organization has grown to become the leading purchasing group in the industry. Its 221 members provide a wide range of graphic communication services and products. “GAA is pleased to take a lead position in creating this scholarship for young people interested in a career in the industry” stated CEO John Braceland.  “We have a number of members who feel this is an important issue and want to take an active role in enhancing the future workforce.” The GAA Scholarship will provide young students who are pursuing a course of study in the graphic arts with the opportunity to enhance their education. The offspring of employees of member companies will be given preference for consideration, thereby providing an enhanced company benefit. Over the next few years, GAA plans additional contributions to build this endowment into a six-figure fund. “PGSF is dedicated to promoting careers in the graphic arts, and we are pleased to provide this vehicle for GAA to do the same.” Said John Berthelsen, VP-Development for PGSF. “With the establishment of this endowment the GAA name will remain a perpetual testament of their dedication to the industry.” For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact John Berthelsen at jberthelsen@printing.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. This year, over 200 students were provided with support totaling over $500,000. About GAA: Graphic Arts Alliance was launched in 2002 to help mid-sized printing and packaging companies take advantage of an average of $12,000 annually in vendor cash rebates and discounts that would typically only be available to $100 Million companies. GAA was founded by sixteen printers who wanted to unite for a common purpose of increasing their savings on materials and services. All members are between the revenue range of $7MM and $75MM annually. Today there are 221 member companies with a combined total of over $5 billion in annual revenues.

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EFI Establishes Guy Gecht Scholarship with PGSF

by Sam Shea in Press Releases

New annual award for graphics communications students created in honor of Electronics For Imaging's outgoing CEO FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 15, 2018 – Print's next generation of talent will have added support in reaching their goals, thanks to a new Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) award created in honor of visionary print technology executive and industry leader Guy Gecht. The Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) senior leadership team approved the creation of the PGSF Guy Gecht scholarship to commemorate Gecht's outstanding legacy of leadership and innovation as EFI's CEO. After serving nearly 19 years as the company's leader, Gecht is stepping down as CEO as of October 15. "Guy is the rare visionary who has the ability to drive innovation, change direction when needed, and find new ways to create business success. In his time with EFI, he also showed extraordinary skill in inspiring and empowering those working for him to succeed and lead," said EFI Chief Financial Officer Marc Olin. "Establishing this scholarship in Guy's name is a fitting tribute to him and will encourage and support promising students destined to be future leaders and innovators in print." "PGSF has had the opportunity to work with EFI on many educational initiatives over the years, and several PGSF scholarship recipients have gone on to continue their careers at EFI," said John Berthelsen, PGSF's vice president of development. "We are excited that the company has chosen to help continue creating opportunities for deserving students with this new scholarship, as well as providing a permanent endowment honoring one of print's most respected CEOs." The new scholarship will present up to $2000 annually to a student studying in a graphics communications program at a technical school, college or university within the United States. PGSF, which works with donors and sponsors to help build the future workforce of the industry, will manage application judging, with the first scholarship award scheduled to be presented for the 2019-20 school year. Students interested in applying for the scholarship online can do so at www.pgsf.org. The deadline for applications is March 1. Supply chain partners, companies and individuals can contribute to the endowment by making direct contributions to PGSF in Gecht's name by visiting www.pgsf.org as well. 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 2018, more than 200 students were provided with support totaling over $500,000. About EFI EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. We are passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. 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PGSF Scholarships Awarded to National SkillsUSA Champions

by Sam Shea in Press Releases

Pittsburgh, PA.-- The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF)as once again partnered to support the SkillsUSA Championships, which were held June 26-28 at the Louisville Kentucky Exposition Center. Some two dozen of the country’s top high school and technical school graphic communications students competed in the national finals for top honors in graphic communication skills. They were among over 6,000 of the nation’s best students who participated in some 100 skill and leadership competitions that took place in the expo center. Only winners of state graphic communications contests were eligible to compete. This year’s national winners in both the secondary and post-secondary divisions will receive $1500 scholarships provided by PGSF. In the secondary division, the first-place spot went to Julia Meassick, Carroll County Career & Technology Center in Westminster, MD. The gold medalist in the post-secondary group was awarded to Cheyanne Kasmierski, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, PA. The SkillsUSA partnership of students, teachers and industry works together to ensure a skilled workforce for the future. According to Mike Stinnett, Technical Committee member and former instructor at Royal Oak High School in Michigan, “The Graphic Communications Contest has our best-trained students being taught by our most devoted teachers.” The graphic communications contest is produced by a dedicated group of industry vendors and associations. “PGSF is pleased to support the ongoing education of the competitors through our scholarship program.” stated John Berthelsen, VP-Development with the Foundation. For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact John Berthelsen at jberthelsen@printing.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 2018, more than 220 students were provided with support totaling over $500,000.

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