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Opportunities for Learning

(September 2010) posted on Mon Aug 30, 2010

The marketplace offers a variety of training and education sources for your operation.

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SGIA ( has renewed its commitment to providing high-quality training for specialty graphics professionals, and for this year’s SGIA Expo, held October 12-15 in Las Vegas, the association has organized more than 20 educational sessions in five customized tracks, allowing a wealth of options for participants to customize their training experience to meet their specific needs and those of their business. Seminars run the gamut of topic areas, including graphics and sign, garment decoration, industrial application, graphics installation, and business management. In addition, SGIA will introduce ts first-ever Pre-Expo Business Development Conference on Tuesday, October 12, the day before the Expo floor opens. See a complete preview on page xx of this issue.

The conference and association option

For a specific and focused training and education experience, consider education-only conferences from a mix of associations and other groups across the industry.

The Association of Graphic Solutions Providers (IPA,, now a part of IDEAlliance, offers webinars and conferences for pre-media professionals in the creative, corporate, print publishing, packaging, and in-plant sectors. In 2010, the association held a Technical Conference and a Leadership Conference.

Dscoop (, the Digital Solutions Cooperative, is a user-driven community of HP Graphic Arts press owners and their sales, marketing and production teams. The organization holds a yearly conference that brings together Indigo and other HP users from around the world. The 2010 event fcatured more than 90 sessions in business and sales, operations, label and packaging, and partner-solutions sessions, as well as large-format seminars for commercial printers focused on increasing service offerings and profit margins. Next year’s Dscoop conference will be held February 17-19, 2011, in Orlando, Florida.

In addition, the organization offers its Dscoop Summer School, online video business-building sessions comprising titles such as “What Is Your Customer Facing Strategy” “Emerging Market Opportunities,” and “Lean in Printing.” It also offers various webinars throughout the year.

IDEAlliance ( offers various webinars and conferences throughout the year. Its G7 Expert/Professional Training Classes for digital inkjet and screen print are offered in Chicago; San Diego; Rochester, New York; and Niles, Illinois for the remainder of 2010. Recertification for G7 is also available via webinar.