Glen Mills Schools -- Printing for the Future
The Glen Mills print shop consists of two older single-color Multis (a 1650 and 1360), a platemaker, folders, as well as a two-color Ryobi 3302M, which was purchased by the school last February. The students also work on a hydraulic cutter, metal and silver plate burning and thermography. Once they get a feel for each part of the production process, they can choose a specific area.
"Most students gravitate toward the presses," says Jamie Pugliese, printing instructor. "And, once they have a grasp on all the areas, they are better able to trouble-shoot the production of a job."
It's all part of Glen Mills' mentoring approach to instill leadership qualities. According to Pugliese, the overall structure of the school allows all students to become prepared as leaders as they work in a tightly structured environment, but they also obtain the skills to work in any level of a print shop.
Learning by Doing
Advanced students are able to help Pugliese as a shop aide, where they can delegate work and offer assistance to other students, and run the presses with minimal supervision.
"We teach them the basic fundamental skills of printing," Pugliese explains. "Over the years, I've become increasingly aware of the critical differences that the 'fundamentals' make in successful students who become printing industry employees."
With three print classes per day and an average of 18 students per class, the program has the makings of a small print shop—and these young men are happy to work.
The print shop does all of the print work for the school and for the Glen Mills Golf Course, a nationally recognized public course on the school grounds. In addition to the in-house printing, about 40 percent of the work comes from outside customers, such as staff members, local businesses and community members.