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.