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 offer Offset Press Operations & Binding and Finishing and Digital File Preparation & Output 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!


1) 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 Thursday, January 23, 2020, 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 21144

Cost: No cost, funded by the State of Maryland's EARN Grant Program

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

2) Digital File Preparation & Output

Content: Type • Page Layout • Image Capture & Editing • Illustration • PDF • Prepress • Color Management • File Management • Digital File Output

Program Details

Schedule:5 Weeks starting on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 2 sessions per week (Mondays and Wednesday), 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 21144

Cost:No cost, funded by the State of Maryland's EARN Grant Program

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



Q: 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: Intro to Graphic Communications 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 

This Workforce Training Program is offered by PrintSIP, a Strategic Industry Partnership led by the Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic. Project funded by the State of Maryland’s EARN Maryland Grant Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.


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SkillsUSA RegionalThe SkillsUSA Graphic Communications (GC) Competition tests the student's skill and knowledge related to print production. The competition consists of 8 contests covering personal communications, job planning, page layout and preflight skills, printing press operation, digital printing, folding, and technical knowledge.

SkillsUSARegional 2 2307The GC competition journey begins at the regional level where students compete with peers in their region. Combined regionals are held at the Center of Applied Technology North (Anne Arundell County) in January and February. The top three scorers from each region earn a chance to compete at the State competition. The regional competitions are a smaller version of the State competition. All regional finalists and their parents are invited to attend the Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic's (PGAMA) Excellence in Print Awards Banquet in March as guests of PGAMA.

SkillsUSARegional 3 2310The State GC competition is held in April at Printing Specialist Corporation located in Glen Burnie. The State competition includes more difficult versions of all of the contests held at regionals plus several others. The top three contestants receive prizes (in the past Apple iPads, iPods Touches, and iPod Nanos) with the winner earning the chance to represent the State at the National GC Competition.

2016 Maryland SkillsUSA Graphic Communications WinnersThe National GC Competition is held over 3 days in June in Louisville, KY. At the national level students compete in all of the GC competition contests. The winner of the national competition is elegible to compete in the World Skills competition held every 2 years at a different location around the world.

Maryland has won 3 straight gold medals at the National GC competition including 2 by Chandler Kerr from the Center of Applied Technology North and Brittany Whitestone from Carroll County Career and Tech. Who will be the next GC competition champion?

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