Buyers' Guide: Education & Training

AIMCAL – Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators
201 Springs Street
Fort Mill, SC  29715
P: 803-948-9470
F: 803-948-9471
E: [email protected]
Headquartered in Fort Mills, SC, the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), founded in 1970, is a global nonprofit trade association representing converters of metallized, laminated and coated flexible substrates and their suppliers.  AIMCAL serves as the global forum for the flexible metallizing, coating and laminating industry by providing resources, services and information that promote and encourage use of member companies' products and services.  It seeks solutions of interest; collects and distributes information to improve awareness and fosters an environment that maintains relationships and a spirit of cooperation among member companies. AIMCAL organizes regular technical conferences, Webinars, AIMCAL Converting School courses and exhibits at tradeshows and industry events around the world.   AIMCAL’s official technical magazine – Converting Quarterly – is published quarterly in print and electronic formats.


Arizona State University
6075 S. Williams Campus Loop West
Technology Center 102
Mesa, AZ 85212
P: 480-727-1685
F: 480-427-1684
E: [email protected]
ASU is the largest public research university in the United States, offering both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Graphic Information Technology.  Students can choose from on-campus and on-line courses, or select completely on-line degrees.  Faculty provides consulting services to the industry.

Arkansas State University
Department of Journalism & Graphic Communications
P.O. Box 1930
Jonesboro, AR 72467
P: 870-972-3075
F: 870-972-3312
E: [email protected]
We prepare entry-level Bachelor of Science Printing Management/Graphic Communications majors for the gravure industry. Dr. Joel Gambill serves as department chair. Also, Pradeep Mishra is on the faculty of the Journalism and Graphic Communications programs, and serves as director of Printing Services, College of Communications.
BAll State University
Graphic Arts Management
Department of Technology
Muncie, IN 47306
P: 765-285-5913
F: 765-285-2162
The university offers a Bachelor degree in four-year graphic arts management, as well as seminars, workshops, and in-plant training in printing.

California Polytechnic State University
Graphic Communication Department
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
P: 805-756-1108
F: 805-756-7118
E: [email protected] or [email protected]
Cal Poly is the premier graphic communication university in the western United States. With 300 students in its graphic communication program, Cal Poly graduates approximately 70 students per year prepared to enter the printing, publishing, packaging, and related industries.
Cal Poly also provides training, testing, consulting, product evaluations, and seminars and workshops for the general industry through the Graphic Communication Institute of Cal Poly; visit for additional information.

Clemson University
Department of Graphic Communications
G-01 Tillman Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
P: 864-656-3447
F: 864-656-4808
E: [email protected]
Clemson offers Bachelor and Master degrees in graphic communications. For general industry purposes, the university provides testing and materials development, training, short courses, and technical symposia. Clemson also offers a diverse number of industry opportunities through the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics, headed by Chip Tonkin, director. Visit for more.
Graphic Arts Technology & Education
B-33, Abhishek
Plot 12, Cross Road 2
Lokhandwala Complex
Andheri West
Mumbai - 400 053, India
P: 011-91-22-66997437
C: 011-91-98-20441799
[email protected]
This facility offers instruction in color management on a highly scientific basis from prepress to print, with hands-on training of personnel at the same time. The program, conducted by Kiran P. Prayagi, noted international color specialist, features company-wide implementation of color management processes as well as education of personnel. Color management topics include color measurement work and everything in the process that affects colors, from substrates and inks to processes and procedures.

Murray State University
Program of Graphic Communications Management
103B Wilson Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3311
E: [email protected]
Murray State provides a program for graphic communication education within the Journalism and Mass Communications, College of Business.

National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL)
One Meadowlands Plaza, Suite 1511
East Rutherford, NJ  07073
P: 800-642-6275
F: 201-634-0328
E: [email protected]
Founded in 1933, NAPL has been a management education and industry research leader at every stage of the industry's growth and transformation. By taking advantage of its unique, industry-specific management development programs, trends research, and educational resources, Association members and clients can use best business practices to enhance their management effectiveness and profitability.
Through the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP), NAPL provides programs, studies, and products focused on the interests and concerns of the small business, franchise, and owner/operator industry segments, including its annual Owners Conference, the only industry event designed exclusively for small commercial and quick printing companies.
581 Main Street – Suite 520
Woodbridge, NJ  07095
P: 732-855-1525
F: 732-855-1838
E: [email protected]
The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) has been the only national trade association for the printing ink industry since its founding in 1916.  The overall purpose is to promote the general development and improvement of member companies by fostering greater understanding and knowledge of the printing ink industry, as well as representing the industry as a whole on a national basis.  In addition, NAPIM provides seminars, conferences, publications, bulletins and consultation services to its member companies on an ongoing basis.  The association exists in order to serve its membership, which is accomplished by being both re-active and pro-active on key issues affecting the ink industry.  NAPIM members include ink manufacturers, companies that supply raw materials and manufacturers of instrumentation and equipment utilized by the printing ink industry.

Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7576
P: 620-235-4420
F: 620-235-4413
E: [email protected]
More than 200 students are pursuing a degree in commercial graphics and graphic communications management. This well-established program, which features 11 faculty members and more than a million dollars in industry-donated equipment, covers all print processes.

Rochester Institute of Technology
69 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623
P: 585-475-2728
F: 585-475-7029
E: [email protected]
The RIT college curriculum leads to Bachelor and Master degrees. Short courses and industry seminars on color management and process control take place regularly, and consulting services on repeatable and predictable color for spot color and process color printing are available.
Sinapse Print Simulators
Bâtiment Epicure – Les Algorithmes
Route de l’Orme aux Merisiers
91194 SAINT AUBIN Cedex
P: +33-1-69-35-54-00
F: +33-1-69-35-07-15
E: [email protected]
Simulator-based, on-site, self-guided training.  Training simulators for packaging gravure like “flight simulators” for printers.
As GAA has said in print: “Operating in a short run environment requires operators who have been trained in a consistent method, who have developed troubleshooting skills and who really understand the inter-relationships of press operating systems.  The simulator is a great way of building these skills.”

15 Technology Parkway South
Norcross, GA 30092
P: 770-446-1400
F: 770-446-6947
E: [email protected]
TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries and is co-publisher of Paper360°. Through information exchange, trusted content, and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster, and more cost-effective ways of doing business.

University of Central Missouri
Department of Graphics
Grinstead 103
Warrensburg, MO 64093
P: 660-543-4726
F: 660-543-8031
E: [email protected]
The University of Central Missouri offers the only print-based, four-year baccalaureate degree graphic arts technology management program in the state of Missouri. In addition, the department enrolls the fifth-largest number of students in graphic arts courses of any school in the nation. The primary focus of the graphic arts technology-management program is to prepare individuals to meet the demand for digital imaging specialists, managers, sales representatives, estimators, buyers, production planners, customer service representatives, and production supervisors in the graphic arts, printing, and packaging industries and allied fields.

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University
Graphic Communications Management Program
150 Communication Technologies Building
825 3rd Street East
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790
P: 715-232-1267
F: 715-232-1441
E: [email protected]
UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications Management.  UW-Stout has been providing well-qualified human resources for leadership roles in the industry for more than 90 years. Hands-on classes with laboratory facilities are available for all print-reproduction processes. Coursework includes experiences in multichannel communication and marketing, as well as traditional printing processes. Students graduate with industry experience. UW-Stout has been a designated Gravure Education Foundation Gravure Resource Center for over 25 years.

Western Michigan University
Printing Pilot Plant
1146 Welborn Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
P: 269-387-2929
F: 269-387-2813
University Degree Programs & Industry Training
Contact Larry Ahleman
E: [email protected]
P: 269-276-3506
WMU offers these degree programs: Bachelor’s in paper image printing, Master’s in paper and print, and a PhD. in paper engineering. The university is also the site of a Printing Pilot Plant, housing the only independent gravure press in North America. The four-color Cerutti press has been a popular research tool for substrate, ink, and chemical supplies.