Building Our Future One Student At A Time

NextPage CEO Gina Danner talks about recruiting the next generation of works to join the industry. As the industry continues its transformation there is a need for workers beyond traditional production jobs. Danner shares her insight on staffing at her company.

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Colby Kibbe, a PGSF scholarship recipient and now a Project Manager at EFI, talks about what drew him to the industry. Scholarship and internship programs influenced his interest and growth in the industry.

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John Berthelsen, VP of Development at PGSF, spoke with Dr. Joe Webb of WhatTheyThink at PRINT 17.

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John Berthelsen, VP of Development at PGSF, spoke with Cary Sherburne of WhatTheyThink in 2016.

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John Berthelsen, VP of Developement at PGSF, spoke with Cary Sherburne of WhatTheyThink at GraphExpo 2015.

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Past scholarship recipient Nick Gawreluk talks about the positive impact PGSF has had on his education and career.


John Berthelsen, VP of Developement at PGSF, recently spoke with Cary Sherburne of WhatTheyThink.

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The nine-minute video, jointly produced by Kodaks Graphic Communications Group and the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), provides a comprehensive and entertaining overview of the graphic arts as a high tech, fast paced, modern industry—in stark contrast to the industry of Ben Franklins days. In his conversation with Franklin, Jeff Hayzlett contrasts the graphic communications industry of today with the printing industry of the 1700s.


Below is an interview with recent PGSF Suttle-Straus Scholarship winner Paola Marin Guillen in which she discusses how the scholarship has benefited her.


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Brittany Bolenbaugh was a recent recipient of a PGSF scholarship.

Brittany Bolenbaugh, a past recipient of a PGSF scholarship was kind enough to share with us a little bit about her university experience, her goals for a graphic arts career, and her thoughts on the future of the industry.

1. What area of the graphic arts do you consider your primary focus (design, print production, digital media, etc.)?

I would say that my primary focus in the graphic arts would be the design as I have a great passion and love for being creative. Although through my classes at Ball State University and my experiences I have grown to love all aspects of the graphic arts.

2. Have you started job searching? If so, what has been your experience?

I have begun the job search since I will be graduating this May and I have found that my school career center and professors have been my biggest resource. I have had many opportunities to pursue and I just hope that I am able to find the right one for me.

3. What will be your top considerations when looking for a job in the graphic arts field? (In other words, what characteristics are you looking for in potential employer?)

As I look for a job in the graphic arts field, it is important to me that I come into a position where I can not only utilize my skill sets, but also enhance them and grow with a company. It is important to me to have that opportunity to move forward and gain responsibility as I further my career.

4. What are one or two interesting graphic arts projects you’ve completed at school?

There are so many! I love to create things and learn new techniques, but I think the process that was the most fun to learn and explore was screen-printing. There are so many possibilities with screen-printing that I wish I had time to do even more with it. I also have been able to do some really neat digital projects with Adobe Creative Suite, making vector graphics with Illustrator and page layouts with InDesign.

5. Have you attended any professional events or conferences? What could organizations that host professional events and conferences do to attract more student participation?

I attended the NBM show in Indianapolis, Indiana in the summer of 2011. I wasn’t aware of the show until a professor mentioned it to our class. I had a great time there and it has made me want to attend more professional events and conferences. I think the biggest part of attracting students to these events is enhancing their awareness, either through our professors or promotions, and knowing whether there is free admittance for students, as money always seems to be a large factor in any decision with a poor college student.

6. How do you see print’s role in the media mix today? What do you think is the future of print?

Print media is always evolving. I know some people have questioned my decision to be in the print industry, telling me that print is dying out with books, magazines, and newspapers going all digital. I don’t think they realize the vast amount of things that are actually printed and used every day from advertisements, to grocery bags, to cardboard boxes, to laminate flooring, and so much more. I think that print has changed so much from what we have known it to be in the past and will continue to make drastic changes in the next ten years or so. Digital printing is the future of print. Everybody wants to be able to have what they need instantly, and by means of digital printing, we can do that; and without needing a minimum of a couple thousand prints to make a profit.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Brittany, and good luck as you embark on a career in the graphic arts!