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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
FTA TODAY Rivard’s time with Dunwoody goes back to the very beginning of the fl exo program. “When I came to Dunwoody I had 19 years in the industry, with fi ve as an operator and 10 as a systems man - ager,” he explained. “My last job before Dunwoody was as upper Midwest tech support for International Paper. I covered the five- state area doing equipment confi guration and training.” He fi rst began working in prepress in 1981. “I had majored in English and answered an ad as a proofreader, but didn’t realize it was looking for broken type and what not. But while I was there I realized all the cool stuff was happening in the prepress area.” “I’ve been in the printing industry almost 30 years,” added Larry Meilleur, principal instructor in the Graphic Department. “I was initially fascinated by halftone photogra- phy at Bowling Green State University and the ‘illusion’ of continuous tone photo- graphs created by screens which created the dot patterns used in printing.” Since then, Meilleur has worked in numerous print shops, and was teaching printing when the fi rst Macintosh computer de - buted. He knew at that moment that the industry was headed for change. Today he is versed in all levels of electronic pre- press. “Before coming to Dunwoody I was working at another commercial printer in Colorado where I brought in the concept of prefl ight, which bridged the customer service area with prepress.” Perhaps the most seasoned of all the full-time instructors in the print pro- gram is Esby. Like Oetjen, he is also a Dunwoody graduate. “I was a student here in 1965 and graduated in 1967,” he said. “I worked in a letterpress shop before I went into the Navy. There I be- came a lithographer for the U.S. Navy. When I left the service I worked for M&M Printing for eight years before coming here. At that time it was all one- color printing. Our students learned the basics and could run multi-color presses.” TEST EXAM As a well-known flexographic edu- cational resource, Dunwoody is one of many schools that can serve to benefi t from FTA’s bold new initiative—TEST (Technical Education Services Team)— which aims to certify that institutions, seminars and course material are all aligned with FIRST principles. “Test will positively impact education on many lev- els,” said Oetjen. “First, TEST will be able to assist educators by certifying uniform learning outcomes. Second, it will make it easy for educators to access a multitude LabelExpo 2008 Booth #5620 of resources including videos, lesson plans, and test materials through the Virtual Campus interface.” What’s more, TEST will also offer individual print shops the op- tion of becoming FIRST certifi ed. Knowing this, Oetjen called the initiative “one of the best things that has ever happened to the fl exo industry.” The certifi cation will ensure that multiple printers in multiple locations running different equipment will all produce the same outcome using the same fi le, based onFIRST guidelines. This, in turn, will lend more importance to the education side. “When stu- dents complete courses that are FIRST-certified, they will be prime candidates for employment, particularly by print shops that have achieved or are trying to achieve FIRST certifi cation,” said Oetjen.?
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