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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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PIA also has released the second edition of its “Printscape: A Crash Course in Graphic Communications” print and graphic-communications industry overview. Covering everything from industry history to current practices, the DVD-based training program and companion workbook are designed for employees who need a general overview of the print and graphics-communication industry. The program covers the industry and print markets, career paths, the complete printing process, health and safety in printing plants, and training and professional development.

The Signage and Graphics Summit ( brings together top-tier executives from high-volume digital printing, sign, and screenprinting companies for discussions on best practices, new technologies, and business strategies. The 2011 event will be held at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida, January 26-28. Leading up to the event, the Summit has sponsored a series of webinars, including: “Finding Your Company’s Hidden Cash” (available for free download on, “Growth Strategies in a Down Economy,” and “Positioning Your Business for the Recovery.” The event is owned by ST Media Group, parent company to The Big Picture magazine.

Xplor’s Document University ( is a year-round program from Xplor International ( and offers instructional classes, webinars, online conferences, social-networking opportunities, podcasts, virtual vendor and user technology forums, plus an industry certification program.

And more educational resources
Beyond training from manufacturers, trade show seminars, and association conferences, still more training and education opportunities abound. The following are a small sampling of these offerings:

The Sonoco Institute within Clemson University’s Department of Graphics Communications ( offers seminars titled “Brand Color Management,” “Paperboard Packaging,” “Digital Proofing and Prototyping,” “Printed Electronics 101,” and others. In addition, it offers more than a half-dozen workshops and several webinars focusing on package printing.

The College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illnois ( offers certificates and degrees in Print Production and Digital Prepress Production; all classes are held on site. The Print Production option allows students to gain a thorough understanding of the production workflow for digital files from layout to the final printed piece. The Digital Prepress Production option includes page composition, electronic illustration, image enhancement, color correction, and website preparation.

At the three-day CorelDraw Unleashed Boot Camp ( workshop, “campers” learn the ins and outs of CorelDraw and Corel PhotoPaint. Attendees receive a Boot Camp DVD-ROM with clip art, fonts, and software. Held in Cave Creek, Arizona, the camp takes place October 7-9 and December 9-11.