For the seventh year, members of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) have supported the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) - a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure a skilled workforce - by providing $96,000 in prizes and stipends for competitions designed to test participants in distinct, hands-on, technical trades.
SGIA member support provided a prize pot for two Graphics Imaging-Sublimation and Screen Printing Technology competitions, as well as programme coordination and judging personnel.
Over 40 secondary and post-secondary students competed in the two competitions, which were among the more than 100 competitions at NLSC. The Graphic Imaging-Sublimation and Screen Printing Technology competitions each consisted of eight testing stations, judged and vetted by members and staff to align with standard programme curriculums.
“SGIA is proud to be involved at the level it is with this effort in cultivating the future workforce,” said Johnny Shell, VP print technology and training, SGIA - and in his fourth year as an NLSC chairman. “It’s an important role for the association to play as a conduit to not only bring in the industry for judging and materials, but bringing industry, teachers and students together.”
The SGIA has been involved with the competition since 2012.