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FLEXO Magazine : June 2009
FTA TODAY ing the educational events. Most agreed that this was one of the most exciting times that they had during their education. Some admitted to being initially apprehensive about coming because they didn’t know what to expect; those young people were amazed at how receptive the industry has been to the next generation of fl exographers. “From experience, I have found that, as a student, it is hard to be taken seriously at trade shows, especially as most are at these trade shows to do business,” said Adam MacIsaac, who attends Ryerson University. “The Education Pavilion separated that and showcased the students, the schools, and the hard work we all put toward the Phoenix Challenge. Overall, FTA gave the students a great opportunity to network and meet potential employers.” Nisse Noble, who currently attends Cal Poly, is a three-time Forum attendee and was thrilled with the focus on education at this year’s event. “The previous years I attended, education did not seem to be an important focus. There were very few student attendees, and most of the other attendees seemed disinterested in the education side of the fl exo industry.” She noted that INFO*FLEX attendees were quite drawn to the Education Pavilion. “It was apparent that the Forum vendors and attendees were interested in the colleges’ booths, and seemed to enjoy talking to the students and knowing what they are being taught. It was a great opportunity for students to network with industry professionals, and for businesses to scope out the hiring market.” When Bettylyn Krafft, chairman of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, was asked how she felt about working with the TEST team and the educational initiatives at this year’s Forum she replied, “Wonderful! I felt like we really made a difference. I know we have one common goal: to help education and industry work together to provide opportunities for the student while helping the industry have a trained workforce.” As the 2009 Forum approached the end, attendees gathered for a Latin nightclub experience at the Social Event, with more food and fun than one could ask for. For the students, this was their fi nal opportunity to hobnob with industry leaders. As the dance fl oor fi lled with the next generation of fl exographers, many of today’s seasoned professionals joined in, leaving us all feeling a little bit younger and a lot more comfortable knowing where our future is headed. ■ Runner-up winners of the Phoenix Challenge College Competition were awarded trophies at the Education Reception. For more on the winners and their projects, see page 60. Top to bottom: Central Piedmont Community College, Dunwoody College of Technology and Ryerson University. people. During the reception, Lentz and his team were offi - cially awarded their Booth of the Year trophy, as were winners of the Phoenix Challenge, and announcements were made naming this year’s FFTA Scholarship winners (see page 6). Many of the students in attendance were in their fi nal days of classes and, upon returning, they would be walking with their graduating classes. Several of them made it a point to fi nd members of the TEST team to say thank you for facilitat- 58 FLEXO JUNE 2009 Shelley Rubin, FTA educational program coodinator (left) with scholarship winner Nathan Plavnick (center) and Sun Chemical Fellowship recipient Scott Williams. www. f le xography. org
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