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FLEXO Magazine : November 2009
66 FLEXO NOVEMBER 2009 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY ENGAGING IDEAS Calendar January 2010 24--26 Hauppauge,NY Hyatt Regency Windwatch: FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards Judging February 2010 10 FPA Environmental Summit/Safety Conference 21 FPPA Annual Meeting 25--27 Miami, Fl Graphics of the Americas March 2010 3-10 FPA Annual Meeting 6--10 Indian Hills, CA TLMI Converter Meeting 15--17 Indianapolis, IN NEHS Conference 24--26 Charlotte, NC CPCC: Phoenix Challenge - HS Competition 29--31 Paperboard Packaging Council Outlook Strategies April 2010 18--21 Albuquerque, NM TAPPI Conference 18 NAPIM Annual May 2010 2-5 Las Vegas, NV Paris Las Vegas Hotel: FFTA 2010 Annual Forum 3-4 Las Vegas, NV Paris Las Vegas Hotel: INFO*FLEX 2010 Exhibition Government Grants Available for FIRST Operator Certification & Training Substantial government grant money for employee training is currently available through many Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) throughout the United States. FTA member companies have been approved for nearly $40,000 in grants to sup- port workforce training. Every community in all 50 states and the District of Colum- bia is associated with a local WIB. Grant money is available through most of these agencies that can be utilized to subsidize the training of your employees---up to 100 percent of the total cost! As a recognized workforce investment training program, FIRST Operator Certifi- cation Training is a three-level, 30-week sequenced training curriculum---developed under the Technical Education Services Team (TEST) initiative---designed to deliver and assess specific flexographic skill sets and knowledge via online course work and examinations. The operator certification program will help your production personnel improve their technical expertise, hands-on skills, and overall under- standing of the flexo workflow, while improving your operation's quality, consistency, and bottom-line profitability! These intensive courses are offered through Foundation of FTA's TEST Virtual Campus, which recently debuted and can be accessed through the FTA Web site (www.flexography.org). The Virtual Campus is the flexo industry 's single, most comprehensive web-based educational platform designed to help flexographic companies and the professionals they employ achieve specific and measurable developmental goals in all areas of flexography and related subject matter. Interested in pursuing government money to fund your company's investment in press operator certification? Your first step should be to email your local WIB and request to be put on their mailing list for program updates. A listing of all WIBs can be found at the WIB Service Locator (www.servicelocator.org/wibcontacts). Each WIB is different, so you must check with them to find out when employee training grant applications are being accepted. For assistance with the application process, simply contact Doreen Monteleone (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request her help in contacting the appropriate WIB. Or, for more information on the FIRST Operator Certification Program contact Bill Pope (email@example.com) to discuss your company 's needs and how we can custom- ize a package specifically for you. As always, we're here to help you succeed! One final suggestion: we've found that within many organizations, the contacts that we maintain in our database---in this case, the FLEXO Magazine readership--- aren't always the "right" people to be receiving our communications. So, I ask that you share this column with the people in your organization responsible for human resources and operator training. They 'll thank you for it and your company will be better off as a result! • Level I -- A 6-week self-paced program designed for entry- level & non-production personnel Level II -- A 12-week instructor-led program designed for those who have attained a basic level of press operations; it defines the foundational skill set needed by novice printer assistants & press operators in the early part of their career. Level III -- A 12-week instructor-led program designed for ex- perienced operators who have attained a high level of techni- cal press operation knowledge & skill. When trainees take this course & pass the final exam...they officially become a FIRST Certified Flexo Press Operator!
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