The PIAG Educational Foundation has partnered with the Georgia Department of Education, SkillsUSA Georgia and Heidelberg USA to develop and administer the SkillsUSA Georgia Statewide Championships. What is SkillsUSA? SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The organization serves more than 280,000 students and instructors annually and has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA. Contestants in the SkillsUSA Georgia competition must first compete and win in one of eight SkillsUSA Regional Competitions.

Attracting and developing new and evolving talent for our industry is a priority for the Foundation. We help to ensure that high school and technical college graphic arts programs are supported and that printing career resources are promoted to promising students. The Foundation supports key programs, including SkillsUSA and PrintED, to fulfill this commitment. To assist in attracting a qualified workforce to our industry, PIAG has teamed up with the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) to reach our next generation of employees.  PIAG is contracted with the GDOE to provide various programs and services. Partnering with the GDOE, SkillsUSA Georgia and HeidelbergUSA , the PIAG Educational Foundation works to develop and administer the SkillsUSA Georgia Graphic Communications, Screen Printing, and Advertising Design Statewide Championships. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. For several years, Heidelberg USA has hosted the annual SkillsUSA Georgia Training Day and competition in Advertising and Design and Graphic Communications at its North American Print and Packaging Technology Center (NAPPTC) in Kennesaw, GA. Screen Printing was recently added by hosting partner Danger Press of Atlanta. Both Heidelberg and Danger Press provide support staff to assist with the competition.

All competing students complete a job interview process to develop key communication skills. The advertising design competitors were given three hours to compose a logo and advertisement for a fictitious electric bicycle company. The graphic communications students were required to demonstrate their competency in four key areas: prepress, 4-color offset printing, and finishing (folding), and digital printing (output and simple VDP). The Screen Printing competition tests similar competencies as well as the job interview requirement. The PIAG Educational Foundation awards scholarships to the first place winners, grants that enable first place contestants to travel to the national SkillsUSA competition. National champions go on to compete in the WorldSkills International competition.

2018 Winners

Graphic Communications

1st place – Thomas Ireson, Houston County High 

2nd place – Jeickob Tinoco, Appalachee High 

3rd place – Nicholas Gibbons, RW Johnson High 

Screen Print

1st place – Jordan Hoeppel, Greenbrier High 

2nd place – Carson Thames, Troup County Comp High 

3rd place – Zachary Thomas, Stephens County High 

 Ad Design

1st place – James Siad, Walton High School 

2nd place – Morgan Young, Dalton High 

3rd place – Dominique Jones, Kendrick High 

2017 Winners

Graphic Communications 

1st – Cody Brown (RW Johnson High) 

2nd – Thomas Ireson (Houston County High)

3rd – Madison Hanna – (Liberty College and Career Academy )

Screen Press 

1st – Lauren Arthur (Greenbrier High)

2nd – Cassidy Garon (Hiram High)

3rd – Ben Griffin (Walton High) 

Ad Design

1st- Grace Chauta (Veterans High)

2nd – Bailey Baker (Richmond Hill High) 

3rd – Zack Lowder (Grayson Technical High) 

2016 Winners

Graphic Communications 

1st – Ezekiel Moore (Harris County HS)

2nd – Cody Brown (RW Johnson High School)

3rd- Daniel King – (Liberty College and Career Academy)

Screen Press 

1st – Sarah Bauman (Walton HS)

2nd – Marcdrevious Flagg (Troup County HS)

3rd- Ishmail Harrison ( Hapeville Charter Career Academy)

Ad Design

1st- Kelli Cadena (Carroll College and Career academy)

2nd – Georgia Bronson (Dalton HS)

3rd – Kortney Spradlin- Troup Co HS


2015 Winners

Graphic Communications 

1st place – Ashley Purdue – Troup County Comprehensive HS, Lagrange GA

2nd place – Ezekiel Moore – Harris County High School, Hamilton GA

3rd place – Helen Smith – Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone GA

Screen Press 

1st place – Sarah Baumann – Walton High School , Cobb Co

2nd place – Joseph Stargel – Hiram High School, Paulding Co

3rd place – Devin Goodman – Harris County High School , Hamilton, GA

Ad Design

1st place – Sydney Freeman – Maxwell High School Of Technology, Lawrenceville GA

2nd place – Abby Smith – Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill Ga

3rd place – Chidera Obinali – Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone GA