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The Training Track

(September 2012) posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012

Hit the classroom – real or virtual – to learn new skills and refine existing practices.

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The College of DuPage ( in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 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 an 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. Note: The college is discontinuing its Graphic Arts Technology program effective May 2013.

Ferris State University ( in Big Rapids, Michigan, offers as associate’s degree in Graphic Communications and 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. Its 2012 workshops included “G7 IdeAlliance Expert/Professional Training” and “Flexo Bootcamp 101.” It also has worked with Graph Expo to develop that event’s seminars, and will 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 School of Print Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology ( in Rochester, New York, offers undergraduate degrees in Media Arts and Technology and a minor and graduate degree in Print Media. The Printing Industry Center within RIT is dedicated to “the study of major business environment influences in the printing industry brought on by new technologies and societal changes;” some areas of research include: New Media Publishing, New Media Advertising, Sustainable Print, Color Workflow, and Industry Studies.

The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University
( in Clemson, South Carolina, offers a range of seminars and workshops, including: “Digital Proofing and Packaging,” “Prepress Workflow Automation,” “Brand Color Management,” “Printed Electronics 101,” “Advanced Color Management,” and others. The Institute also offers two online courses, including: “Packaging Fundamentals” and “Packaging Design.”