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Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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The recent press release from GAERF ( regarding its partnership with SkillsUSA is very exciting. By enhancing how students are able to gain valuable credentials using new online tools will be very beneficial for the industry.

Without question, every industry needs a steady supply of talented workers. The various organizations and schools with programs focused on graphic communications is the industry's lifeline for future workers. Keeping up with technology and the need for a streamlined process to gain industry credentials is a vital step. Thus we applaud GAERF for the efforts to make this partnership a reality.

One just need look at GAERF's mission to understand why it focuses on this area and — importantly — how valuable it is to the industry. GAERF's mission is to “Promote Careers in the Graphics Communication Industry.” “We are trying to help as many students as possible locate jobs within the industry,” says Eileen Cassidy, director of GAERF. “By offering a challenging but engaging way to gain credentials, our bright, energized and excited students can further distinguish themselves to potential employers.”

The online process is in development now and looks to be a very exciting addition to the credential process. Take a look at the demo of the process and allow yourself to imagine how industry specific skill assessments will look:

I am excited to see the final results of this project.

Young artists spread holiday cheer

JohnsByrne Co. (Niles, IL) knows how to get kids interested in printing. Working with Toomey Associates (, the company invited employees' children to create the artwork for its holiday cards.

The project was printed on a Komori Lithrone 840 UV press with anilox coater and interstation curing. The clear vinyl cover features reverse print 4-color process plus opaque white and JBC premium silver. On the cards, 4-color process plus opaque white and JBC premium silver. The back of each card shows snowflakes and a word such as “Joy” or “Peace” printed black plus SB Dot Red and SB Jungle Silver foils. See

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Check out our latest broadcast at for a sneak peek at the online skill assessments.

Brian Regan is president of Semper Intl. ( and helps manage the job board. He also serves on the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation board of directors. Contact him at