Print Production Training for Your Employees . . .

Have you had to resort to hiring employees that have limited or no industry experience? Could your CSRs benefit from a deeper understanding of the production processes? Would a new salesperson who has limited industry experience come up to speed faster if they had relevant training? Do you wish your machine helpers had a better understanding of workflow so that they would be easier to cross-train?

There are few, if any, options beyond on-the-job training—until now . . .

Print is Tactile, Industry Training Should be Too!

PGAMA is pleased to offerIntroduction to Graphic Communicationsand Offset Press Operations & Binding and Finishing through the Print Strategic Industry Partnership (PrintSIP). Content for these classes provides context to help employees understand where their job fits into the overall workflow of a printing plant. Digital and conventional printing technologies are compared and contrasted preparing the student to identify which process is most appropriate for printing the job at hand. Content is designed to deliver not only the “what” but also the “how” and the “why” through demonstrations and hands-on activities. It’s one thing to talk about technology in the classroom but hands-on demonstrations take learning to a new level!

New Location!

We are offering Introduction to Graphic Communications (IGC) at a new location! IGC will be held at the Carroll County Career & Technology Center in Westminster.

1) Introduction to Graphic Communications

Content: Industry Overview • Print Processes • How Print is Produced • File Creation •
Offset Press • Digital Press • Substrates • Bindery • Finishing • Distribution

Program Details

Schedule: 5 Weeks starting on Monday, September 23, 2019, 2 sessions per week (Mondays and Wednesdays), 2.5 hours per session (5:30 PM–8:00 PM, 25 total contact hours)

NEW Location: Carroll County Career & Technology Center
1229 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157

Cost: No cost, funded by the Maryland EARN Grant Program

How to Register: Contact Paul Foster at PGAMA: (410)-319-0900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2) Offset Press Operations & Binding and Finishing

Content: Offset Press Technologies • Paper • Ink • Dampening Solution • Make-ready • Print •
Quality • Maintenance • Binding and Finishing Technologies • Cutting • Folding • Collation • Binding • Trimming • Packing • Mailing

Program Details

Schedule: 5 Weeks starting on September 24, 2019, 2 sessions per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays),
2.5 hours per session (5:30 PM–8:00 PM, 25 total contact hours)

Location: Center of Applied Technology North (CATN)
800 Stevenson Road, Severn, MD 21144Cost:No cost, funded by the State of Maryland's EARN Grant Program

How to Register:Contact Paul Foster at PGAMA: (410)-319-0900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.FAQsQ: Are there materials and supplies fees?
A: No, all materials and supplies are provided.Q: Can I send more than 1 employee to these classes?
A: Absolutely! There are 10 first come, first serve seats available for each class.Q: Will these classes be offered again?
A: Yes they will be offered on a continuous basis. There are two other classes in addition to these classes: Digital File Prep & Output and Digital Production Printing.Q: Do students receive any kind of recognition for completing a class?
A: Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a PrintED Certification Certificate if you pass the certification exam (50 multiple choice questions).

Classes Funded by the Maryland EARN Grant Program 

Upcoming Events

Crab Feast

19 Sep 2019
05:00PM - 09:00PM

Intro to Graphic Communications

23 Sep 2019
05:30PM - 08:30PM

Offset Press Operations/Binding & Finishing

24 Sep 2019
05:30PM - 08:30PM

Sales Seminar

03 Oct 2019
10:30AM - 01:30PM


22 Oct 2019
04:30PM - 07:00PM

Printing United

23 Oct 2019
08:00AM - 05:00PM

Printing United

23 Oct 2019
08:00AM - 05:00PM

Printing United

23 Oct 2019
08:00AM - 05:00PM

Member Benefits

  • Educate through workshops, seminars and employee training.
  • Communicate though regular publications and networking events.
  • Advocate for business and industry on the local, regional and national stage.

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PGAMA offers a variety of seminars and workshops focused on professional development.

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We are dedicated to meeting the ongoing workforce needs of our industry by sponsoring and participating in activities that encourage qualified workers to enter the industry.

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"Developing a network of like-minded colleagues takes valuable time and energy. I’m so grateful that I am entrenched with PGAMA because they provide those important networking opportunities for me on a regular basis. I link up with colleagues, friends and make important connections that really make a positive impact on my business."

~ Rusty Coolidge, Chroma Graphics

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