Pittsburgh, Pa., February 22, 2002— Applications are now being accepted for two upcoming programs presented by the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) and financed by the Graphic Arts Show Company, Inc. (GASC). A golden opportunity, each event offers free registration to full-time graphic communications educators from high schools, technical schools, colleges, and universities.
Being held July 22–26, the 2002 GASC/GATF Teacher’s Update will provide attendees with an understanding of new technologies for education, training, and retraining needs for tomorrow’s work force. This one-week program will be held at GATF’s headquarters in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. This year’s agenda will focus on color management, digital photography/scanning, preflighting, PDF and digital workflow, press automation, computer-to-plate, and direct imaging presses. Applications must be received by May 14, 2002. Twenty educators will be chosen.
Being held October 5–7 in conjunction with GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO, the 2002 GASC/GATF Teacher’s Conference will provide an opportunity for graphic arts teachers to learn about current industry trends and see the latest equipment and supplies. In its 22st year, this three-day program will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s agenda will focus on PDF workflow, large format digital printing/proofing, press automation, and a review of GATF’s Technology Forecast. Attendees also receive free admittance to the GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO trade show. Applications must be received by July 31, 2002. Approximately 75 educators will be chosen.
First preference will be given to those who have not previously attended these programs, and the remainder of applicants will be selected through a lottery system. Coverage of expenses related to hotel accommodations, meals, and local transportation to and from the events will vary according to event and personal choices. Airfare and travel costs are the financial responsibility of each participant, but financial assistance will be extended based on geographic proximity to the events.
In the past, these events have featured teacher panels and industry panels that examined current industry issues. Speakers ranged from industry leaders and representatives of manufacturers and suppliers to GATF education specialists and technical experts. Vendors have provided demonstrations, and teachers have been given resource updates.
To obtain an application form, call the GATF/PIA fax-on-demand line at 888/272-3329 and request document number 13005. For additional information about the conference, contact Gwen Martin, GATF’s conference coordinator, by phoning 412/741-6860 extension 116, faxing 412/741-2311, or emailing [email protected]