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Accelerate Your Training Efforts

(October 2013) posted on Fri Oct 04, 2013

A better educated staff will revitalize your shop.

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The Digital Fabrication Conference from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T, “explores the potential of digital printing technologies with sessions on new applications and materials that go well beyond traditional printing.” The 2013 conference, held in Seattle, included sessions on 3D printing, image permanence/print quality, security printing, printed electronics, and more. IS&T also offers conferences on Digital Printing, Archiving, Color and Imaging, Electronic Imaging, and more.
The Xplor Conference from Xplor International (, aimed at electronic-document professionals, takes place March 25-27, 2014, in Orlando; it will feature more than 60 educational sessions covering print, Web, mobile, and social media. Xplor also offers an Xplor Canada conference (October 25, 2013, in Vancouver), an array of Webcasts, an EDP certification program, the Xplor Document University Continuing Education Unit program, and more.

The college and university option
Various colleges and universities provide course and degree offerings for print and graphics, and some also offer one-time seminars and online opportunities. What follows is just a sampling of these.
Ferris State University ( in Big Rapids, Michigan, offers an associate’s degree in Graphic Communications as well as a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Media Management. In the latter, students learn the core operation processes of production planning, estimating, cost analysis, process and color management, and workflow automation.

The Graphic Communication Institute at California Polytechnic State University ( offers hands-on training for the printing, packaging, publishing, and imaging industries. So far on its 2014 workshop schedule: HD Flexo Bootcamp and Flexo Plateroom Automation Workshop. In July 2013, it hosted an executive forum – Innovation in Marketing Through Packaging Technology – brought together leading corporations to discuss issues and explore innovations in competitive packaging and was sponsored by Exopack. The Institute will also provide custom training programs and workshops to address a company’s needs.

Pittsburg State University’s ( Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies in Pittsburg, Kansas, offers bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science – Technology (with a digital and print media emphasis) and Science in Technology (Graphic Communications Management and Commercial Graphics); it also offers a Master of Science – Technology degree with an emphasis on Print Management.

The College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology ( in Rochester, New York, offers a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Technology as well as a graduate degree in Print Media and a minor in Print Media. Its Printing Industry Center is a research center “dedicated to the study of major business environment influences in the printing industry brought on by new technologies and societal changes.” Areas of research include: New Media Publishing, New Media Advertising, Sustainable Print, Color Workflow, and Industry Studies.

Ryerson University’s ( School of Graphic Communications Management in Toronto offers a bachelor’s degree (technology) in Graphic Communication Management. Also available: a Certificate in Communications (part-time). And the school offers various online courses; in 2013, those courses include: “Estimating in the Graphic Arts,” “Selling in the Graphics Arts,” and “Layout and Typography I.”
The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University ( in Clemson, South Carolina, offers various seminars and workshops, including: “Digital Proofing and Prototyping,” “Brand Color Management,” “Printed Electronics 101,” “Paperboard Packaging,” “Prepress Workshop for Graphic Designers,” and others. The Institute also offers two online courses, including: “Packaging Fundamentals” and “Packaging Design.”

Waukesha County Technical College (, based in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, offers degrees and technical diplomas in Commercial Printing, as well as a degree in Printing and Publishing, plus Graphic Design. Also available is a certificate in Digital Production/DTP. It also offers a variety of small-business courses and classes.