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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
FTA TODAY WHAT THEY LEARN Students in the fl exography program at Dunwoody are ex- posed to a wide variety of differ- ent areas. “The fi rst quarter they take Intro to Bindery, Finishing and Digital Printing, as well as Intro to Prepress and Intro to Design,” said Esby. Speaking on prepress and design, Rivard added, “Those courses are an overview of the Mac operating system and the entire Adobe Creative Suite. We want them to know why you don’t build the whole thing in Photoshop. Even when we are talking about de- sign, though, we are talking about the basics of fl exography.” Rivard explained that all students, at the end of the fi rst The Dunwoody printing lab has evolved with the times. quarter, take the Level I - Basic Flexo skills certification exam. Students do not need to pass to advance in their degree, but the instructors seek to have every student who graduates at least Level I certifi ed. “In the second quarter, they have to decide if they want to be a press operator or prepress operator,” he went on to say. “They have to decide if they want to work in the pressroom or in a digital occupation. The group splits there. It’s funny, because al- most everyone who comes in the door here wants to be a graphic designer. But after six months of us telling them what’s possible around town, that’s no longer the case. Still, we get guys saying they want to work in Photoshop all day, but we tell them that it’s the prepress guys who do all the cool Photoshop stuff.” Those who go on to become press operators get very familiar with the school’s two Mark Andy 2200s, as well as Oetjen. Early in their training, he drills them on the bare-bones basics. “They have to read the press manual, and then I quiz them on buttons, components and safety,” he said. “After that, they have to be able to web the press and roll up a 500ft. flat-faced roll. From there,
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