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PGSF and Illinois State University Study the Influences for Pursuing Graphic Communication Careers

Friday, July 10, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

Pittsburg, PA -- The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) and Illinois State University announce availability of a joint study examining how students (PGSF recipients) were influenced to pursue a career in print production/graphic communication.  The results of the study suggest the most effective methods for increasing the number of high-achieving students seeking professional opportunities in the industry.  (Click here for a whitepaper detailing the study and results.)
The resulting data strongly suggests that "high-touch" experiences are required to motivate students to pursue graphic communication careers. High school graphic communication classes were the strongest influence for students to choose college majors in graphic communication.
According to Dr. Dan Wilson of Illinois State University and co-author of the study, "With trends toward eliminating the printing equipment in many graphic communication high school programs across the nation, the pool of high achieving young people choosing graphic communication majors may dwindle. Keeping these programs strong requires a commitment of support at the grassroots level. Also, graphic communication companies who hire high school and college students for summer or part-time work are likely to have a positive influence."
For information regarding PGSF or scholarship applications, contact Bernie Eckert, PGSF administrator, 200 Deer Run Road, Sewickley, PA 15143-2600, 412-259-1740, or beckert@printing.org.




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