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FLEXO Magazine : November 2010
FTA TODAY FFTA Establishes FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Program Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association is pleased to offer a new scholarship program. The objective: provide assistance to individuals and/or displaced workers who desire to improve their skills in the pursuit of certification training, but who need financial support. The FIRST (Flexographic Image Re- production Specifications and Toleranc- es) Operator Certification Scholarship Program is available to any individual looking to attain a FIRST Press or Pre- press Operator certification. The amount of each scholarship is $1,050, approxi- mately 50 percent of the total member cost for the complete certification (levels I, II and III). The funds are provided by FTA’s regional networking groups, the Harper Corporation of America (found- ing sponsors of the Technical Education Services Team), and the Foundation’s soon-to-be launched online auction. The remaining 50 percent will be in the form of a matching grant subsidy provided directly by FFTA. To be eligible, applicants must have at least two years full-time direct work experience in any area related to flexographic printing/converting. Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete all three levels within a two- year time period. “F TA, its TEST team, and this pro- gram are the engines driving higher education in the flexographic printing industry today. We established this scholarship to make sure that all those who want to pursue certification, wheth- er or not they are currently employed, have the opportunity to move forward and attain a greater level of compe- tency in their job functions,” said FTA/ FFTA President Mark Cisternino. Joe Tuccitto, FTA’s education director added, “The FIRST Opera- tor Certification Program—devel- oped and delivered via the TEST Virtual Campus—is widely recog- nized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in high-quality, effective training at all levels. Individu- als who successfully achieve a FIRST Operator Certification will have attained the highest level of knowledge of the flexographic print process with specific expertise in implementing the principles outlined in FIRST 4.0. ” Those seeking to apply for this scholarship can visit the FIRST Opera- tor Certification Scholarship Program webpage (http://www.flexography.org/ edutrain/education/operator-scholar- ship.cfm) for complete details and the application. Scholarship recipients will be selected on a quarterly basis by the FFTA’s Scholarship Committee. ASSocIATIon newS Flexo-certified! Thirteen industry professionals from InterFlex Group recently passed FTA’s FIRST Operator Certification Level I exam: • Tom Becker • Jeff Black • Daniel Carroll • Jamie Cockerham • John Graybeal • Pat Hill • Ted Jacobsen • Angelee Krumm • Don Mass • Willy Schelbert • Mickey Shell • Terry Shook • John Wilbourn An additional 12 people passed the Level I course recently given at Dunwoody College of Technology: • Margaret Bell, Georgia-Pacific Corp. • Paul Bender, Sun Chemical Corp. • Michael Brice, Squid Ink Manufacturing • Terry Harriman, Georgia-Pacific Corp. • Duane House, Flint Group Narrow Web • Ricky Iverson, Bedford Industries Inc. • Jason Jasperson, Schawk Minnesota • Tim Karst, Flint Group Narrow Web • Garrett LaHay, Sani-Blast Inc. • Drake McGruder, Georgia-Pacific Corp. • John Mierisch, PepsiCo • Tanya Suttles, Longhorn Packaging Inc. Five other industry professionals recently passed FTA’s FIRST Operator Certification Level I exam: • Charles Bender, Bemis Compay Inc. • Chris Brewer, International Paper Co. • Bob Dauses, Mark/Trece Inc. • James Dollar, American Graphics Inc. • Tim Keith, International Paper Co. Students from Dunwoody, nine in total, are also Level I certified: • Mike Blamo • Adam E. Lindboe • Gabriel Merten • Zachary Meyer • Nicole Nusbaum • Loenney Seay • Driscilla Thomas • Priscilla Thomas • Ben Weldon Two flexographers—Robert Berding of Bemis Company Inc. and Jeffrey Scheffe of Cryova, Sealed Air—are now Level II Press Operator certified. An additional two industry professionals recently achieved FIRST Implementation Specialist Level II certification: James Garvey, INX International Ink Co.; and Christian Bonawandt, FLEXO Magazine. 102 FLeXo nOvember 2010 www.flexography.org FLX_Nov10_mech.indd 102 11/1/10 2:27 PM
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