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FLEXO Magazine : March 2008
Harpers to Receive Silver Star Award The American Technical Education Association (ATEA) recently announced that Ron and Katherine Harper, founders of Harper Corporation of America, will receive the association's Silver Star Award at the ATEA's 45th National Conference on Technical Education this spring in Biloxi, MS. This award is presented jointly by the ATEA and the National Technical Honor Society each year to recognize exceptional support and commitment to advancing postsecondary techni- cal education. Rich Wagner, vice president of academic affairs at Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis, MN, nominated the Harpers for the award. The couple is known in the flexographic industry for their philanthropy in flexo education. It began in 1990, when they recognized the need for more high school vocational programs, and with the donation of their time, attention and funding, they paved the way to establish a flexographic printing program at South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NC. Since then, they have been instrumental in setting up educational programs at other area schools. Today, 21 high schools and 32 colleges in the U.S., Canada and Argentina have vocational programs based on the ones the Harpers helped initiate. Recently, the Harpers made a significant donation to FFTA's TEST (Technical Education Services Team) program. Katherine and Ron Harper