EDITOR'S notebook 2-04
"We run three classes a day with roughly 20 students per class," notes printing instructor Jamie Pugliese, who's been at the school for 18 years. Pugliese's wish list includes a CTP platesetter to complement the Ryobi, more Mac workstations and a saddle stitcher so they can produce booklets.
He adds that the print shop does about 60 percent of its jobs for the school, producing more than 250 items ranging from letterhead and envelopes to carbonless forms, business cards, certificates and flyers. The remainder is outside work, primarily for the local community. And—being a nonprofit institution—Pugliese is only able to charge outside customers for the materials used in producing jobs, not for the labor or press work.
The program is doing much more than just teaching students graphic arts skills, Pugliese is quick to point out. It's all about instilling a strong work ethic, a sense of responsibility and the ability to get along with co-workers. "Since some of the students are inner-city kids who have been involved in gangs, the biggest obstacle we have is negative peer pressure and keeping the kids from falling back into that same environment. It takes a strong will for a young man to turn away from that lifestyle, but we've had so many success stories."
With help in the form of (tax deductible) donated equipment or supplies, our industry can enable even more young men to learn critical job—and life—skills. Make a difference by contacting Pugliese at (610) 459-8100, ext. 317, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark T. Michelson