SGIA Members Donate Nearly $40K in Prizes to SkillsUSA Championships

For Immediate Release May 16, 2017 Contact: Kate Achelpohl, SGIA 703.359.1364 Fairfax, Virginia — SGIA supplier members have donated nearly $40,000 in prizes for screen printing and graphic imaging–sublimation secondary and post-secondary students and their schools at the 2017 SkillsUSA Championship, held as part of the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (Louisville, Kentucky, June 19–23). Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Students participate in either the secondary (high school or vocational school) or post-secondary school (college, technical school, etc.) divisions. Johnny Shell, Vice President, Technical Services, SGIA, chairs the committees that run the screen printing technology and graphic imaging–sublimation competitions. Industry volunteers serve as judges. “We participate in SkillsUSA because it helps cultivate our industry’s future workforce and it helps educators and students become aware of the opportunities our industry provides,” said Shell. “We’ve even seen the competitions lead to jobs for some of the students.” SGIA members participating as volunteers or donating prizes include: BBC Industries/Black Body, ChromaLuxe/Unisub, Conde Systems Inc, Easiway Systems Inc,, Great Dane Graphics, Impressions Magazine, International Coatings Inc, KIWO Inc (Kissel & Wolf GmbH), The M&R Companies, NEWMAN ROLLER FRAMES mfg. by Stretch Devices Inc., PolyOne Corporation, Ryonet, Sawgrass,, Vapor Apparel and Vastex International Inc. “Students train year round for the opportunity to compete, and we would not be able to run the competition for these dedicated students without the help from donors,” Shell added. To donate prizes or serve as a judge for the screen printing technology and graphic imaging–sublimation competitions, contact Erin Nuss, Associate Manager of Education, SGIA at 703.359.1323. SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community Having its origins in the screen printing industry, SGIA embraced the digital revolution early on and is now the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption. As long-time champions of digital technologies and techniques, SGIA is the community of peers you are looking for to help navigate the challenges of this process. Additionally, the SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable. Join the community — SGIA.”
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