TanaSeybert’s Joseph Hoffman and Gil Celli (second and third from left) with some of their student interns from GCA.

Preparing graduating students for jobs is the mission of career and technical education (CTE) programs at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts (GCA), the New York City public school system’s center for secondary education in print and graphics.

On Feb. 13, the school capped its celebration of “CTE Week” by honoring metro area companies and organizations that have sponsored internships for GCA students. Also noted was the progress being made in a union-sponsored pre-apprenticeship program designed to accelerate career paths for GCA graduates.

By hosting GCA students in work-study programs, shops represented by Local One of Amalgamated Lithographers of America and Local 51 of the Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters give a head start on apprenticeships that lead to jobs later on. New York State’s labor and education departments have been asked to let students credit time spent in these programs toward formal apprenticeships. That approval is expected next year, said Robert Davi, director of education for Local One.

“The goal is to get kids into jobs,” said Davi of the pre-apprenticeship program, which involves Saturday as well as after-school work assignments for participating students. “It’s about keeping the middle class the middle class.” He praised Patrick LoPresti, president of Local One, for his support of the program.


Robert Davi (holding certificate), director of education for Local One of Amalgamated Lithographers of America, announced that his union and another local have created a pre-apprenticeship program for GCA students.

Providers of internships honored at GCA on Feb. 13 included TanaSeybert, a leading commercial printing firm with plants in Manhattan and New Jersey; HarlemLive, a not-for-profit media training program for New York City teens; The Fund for Modern Courts, a judicial advocacy group; and 13 other public and private organizations.

Work-based learning programs at GCA are under the direction of Jack Kott, a veteran printer and engraver who has spearheaded many initiatives for printing education in New York City. He thanked Jerod Resnick, principal of GCA, for his support of career-building programs at the school.

Located on West 49th Street, GCA is the present incarnation of the historic New York School of Printing, a training ground for generations of print professionals in New York City. GCA is the only school in New York State, and one of only two on the East Coast, to hold state certification as a printing school as well as accreditation by the PrintEd® industry-standard certification program.

In addition to printing, the school offers study programs in photography, commercial art, media and journalism, and law. Complete information is available at the school’s web site.