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FLEXO Magazine : June 2009
FTA TODAY The TEST Booth of the Year Award winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology: Angela Sampsell, Abby Gliem, Tim Miller, Jim Lentz, and Ashlyn Hershberger. In partnership with the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, TEST devised a three-part plan that put partnering educational institutions front and center. First up: bring the 2nd Annual Phoenix Challenge College Competition closer to other Forum events, so that the attendees could see for themselves how students choose to solve a common industry problem (for a full recap, see page 60). Part Two: the TEST Education Pavilion, located on the INFO*FLEX show fl oor, which highlighted 12 of the educational institutions that are currently involved in the FFTA Flexo in Education program. The intent was to illustrate the important role education plays in keeping the fl exographic industry strong by highlighting the schools that offer fl exography as a course of study. The key objectives of the pavilion were to have students show off the skills they have obtained through their coursework, demonstrate their interpersonal skills by interacting with show attendees and promote themselves to prospective employers. In conjunction with the Education Pavilion, FFTA also hosted the First Annual TEST Educational Institution Booth of the Year competition, sponsored by Ron and Katherine Harper. The criteria for the competition was resurrected from the discontinued Harper College of the Year Competition and included: Name of educational institution prominently displayed. Phoenix Challenge project exhibit suitable for display in a booth setting. Student project samples, awards, etc. Institutional profi le, detailed information about the fl exographic printing program. Student testimonials, program placement and alumni information. Based on those criteria, the TEST team created a judging rubric to eliminate any subjectivity during the judging process. As students began to prepare for this competition a Webinar was held to review the rubric with the students and instructors. At Forum a team of industry professionals was assembled the day before the judging to review the criteria. Using the established criteria, one winner was selected: The TEST team would like to congratulate Jim Lentz and the students of Pennsylvania College of Technology on their achievement! The fi nal piece of the puzzle took place on the evening of Monday, May 4, immediately following INFO*FLEX. Students, faculty and industry professionals gathered at the Education Reception, a social gathering designed to encourage additional networking and job prospecting. Sponsored by industry leaders (Anderson & Vreeland Inc., Praxair Surface Technologies, Jet USA, Alden and Ott Printing Inks, and the Harper Corporation of America), the event attracted more than 160 www. f le xography. org JUNE 2009 FLEXO 55
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