PRINT® and GRAPH EXPO® Trade Shows
The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC®) produces trade shows exclusively for the graphic communications and converting industries. GASC was formed in 1982 by three leading industry associations; the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies® (NPES), and Printing Industries of America (PIA). GASC brings the industry’s buyers and sellers together in the most cost-effective way possible.
Graph Comm Central
Since 1997, Graphic Comm Central (GCC) has provided access to thousands of educational resources for graphic communications faculty, students, and industry trainers. Founded and directed by Mark Sanders of Virginia Tech, the GCC portal has been supported by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation since its inception. GCC’s comprehensive website offers a plethora of resources for graphic arts educators.
Graphic Communications Network
This online community, the brainchild of the 2007 Education Summit, was designed to create overall awareness and interest within the printing and graphic communications industry. You can utilize the site to connect with other professionals and gain valuable links to other organizations. The site also offers groups for additional information on your niche in the industry.
IGAEA (International Graphic Arts Educators Association)
The International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) is an association of educators in partnership with industry who are dedicated to sharing theories, principles, techniques, and processes relating to graphic communications and imaging technology. Each year IGAEA holds a conference that rotates locations based upon graphic arts programs in the United States. The 2009 event will be held on July 26–30, 2009 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
Make Your Mark® in Graphic Communications
Make Your Mark® in Graphic Communications is a campaign sponsored by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) to promote a positive image of graphic and media communications and encourage students to explore the industry’s diverse career opportunities. You will find downloadable posters and materials on this website that you can use in the classroom to promote the printing industry.
National Council for Skill Standards
The National Council for Skill Standards is a non-profit skill standards and certifying organization serving the graphic communications industry. National Council Skill Standards were developed by a collaborative group of concerned leaders from industry management, associations, education, and labor, under a matching grant from the United States Department of Education, awarded to the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation.
TAGA (Technical Association of the Graphic Arts)
Founded in 1948, TAGA is the only global professional technical association for the graphic arts industries. TAGA, which has over 900 individual members worldwide, also maintains the industry’s best permanent set of technical papers and abstracts. TAGA focuses on graphic arts systems, software, and computer technology developments, as well as the more traditional areas of press, ink, and paper engineering applications. The association also provides guidance and support to its 15 active student chapters around the world, including chapters in Canada, France, Sweden, Taiwan, and Wales. TAGA’s Annual Technical Conference provides students with opportunities to participate in several competitions as well as an opportunity to meet prospective employers. The 2010 conference will be held in San Diego, California on March 15–18, 2010.
PrintED®, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®), is a national accreditation and certification program, based on industry standards, for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels. PrintED graduates bring to the workplace an equivalent of six months of on-the-job training. In some instances, there are schools that have developed agreements to grant college credit to students who obtain the required PrintED competency/performance levels. More information on the process, including applications and forms, are found on their website.
Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications
The Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications, Inc. (ACCGC) is an independent body dedicated to the improvement and recognition of collegiate level curricula in graphic communications. It has developed creditable and defensible accreditation standards that apply to programs granting baccalaureate degrees, as well as programs granting associate degrees. The current list of ACCGC-accredited schools includes California Polytechnic State University, California University of Pennsylvania, Ferris State University, Florida A&M University, and Pennsylvania College of Technology.