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(September 2009) posted on Tue Sep 15, 2009

Head back to the classroom -- real or virtual -- to learnnew skills and refine existing practices

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By Clare Baker

Additional educational opportunities
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.

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 with clip art, fonts, and software as well as a copy of CorelDraw X4. Held in Cave Creek, Arizona, the camp will take place this fall on October 1-3, November 5-7, and December 10-12.

The Graphic Communication Institute at California Polytechnic State University offers educational programs held throughout the year that cover prepress and print training; graphic arts research; and ink, toner, and substrate testing. Training in project management, quality control, marketing, sales, pricing, and estimating is also offered. Workshops are held on the Cal Poly campus and utilize the school’s state-of-the-art training lab and prepress imaging and press room facilities.

The Institute for Graphics and Imaging hosts a number of conferences, seminars, and custom training programs designed for those in the printing and publishing industries. Recent course titles include “Inkjet Proofing,” “Creating Color Profiles,” “Learn Six Sigma in Printing,” “Boot Camp for Digital Process Control,” and “Variable Data and Advance Personalization.” The organization is based in the Harry V. Quadracci Printing Education and Technology Center on the campus of the Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Prepress Training Solutions offers several courses on software geared toward the graphics industry, including Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator; QuarkXPress; and Enfocus PitStop Professional. Courses are available via an annual, monthly, or single-course subscription.

Last year, the company introduced its VDP Starter Kit, which includes training on converting Microsoft Word labels into Microsoft Excel, data sorting to identify duplicate
records, and a reusable Excel macro to remove empty rows in a spreadsheet. The kit can be accessed online 24/7 for a full year and is available from any computer with
an Internet connection. Custom course development for specific prepress workflows and proprietary software is also available.

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) has partnered with Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group to produce a video titled, “The Pathway to Prosperity: Choosing a Career in the Graphic Communication Industry.” The nine-minute video provides an entertaining overview of graphic art as a high-tech, fast-paced, modern industry—in stark contrast to the industry of Ben Franklin’s days. The video can be viewed online at:

The Signage Foundation’s first National Signage Research and Education Conference will take place October 13-15 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Held in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business and College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, the event is aimed at sign manufacturers and end users as well as educators, planners, and regulators. The conference will offer three days of topical presentations, studio projects, and breakout sessions on the theme, “Innovative Collaborations for Signage Management in the Visual Environment.” The fee for the conference is $225 for early registration, $295 for general registration, and $50 for students. For registration, contact