Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition Elects Board and Officers
The newly formed Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition has elected a board of directors and its executive officers. The group consists of concerned associations, educators and industry representatives who are uniting to address a key industry concern. As stated in its organizing documents, “The purpose of the coalition will be to coordinate the efforts of all organizations representing the broad scope of the graphic communications industry for creating awareness, recruitment of new people into the industry, providing a framework for apprenticeship and training programs, and the retention of the existing workforce. By combining the separate efforts, experiences and initiatives of various organizations, coordinating actions and the sharing of ideas and resources, it is expected that all will benefit.”
To date, 36 organizations have joined the group, with additional interested parties welcome to sign on. The board consists of the following members:
- Judy Durham, Association for Print Technologies
- Wayne Lynn, Lynn Consulting
- Donna Painter, Millersville University
- Jeff Stoudt, PICA
- Teresa Campbell, PIA Mid-America
- John Berthelsen, PGSF
- Dino Scalia, Print Link
- Paul Foster, Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic
- Maurice Norris, Promotional Products Association International
- Melissa Ferrari, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)
- Jessica Johnson, TLMI
The elected officers are:
- Chair – Melissa Ferrari, SGIA
- Vice-Chair – Judy Durham, AP Tech
- Secretary – John Berthelsen, PGSF
- Treasurer – Donna Painter, Millersville University
- At-large – Jeff Stoudt, PICA
- At-large – Maurice Norris, PPAI
This important new initiative for the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition addresses the number one issue that faces the industry today. That is the recruitment, retention and training of its workforce. Numerous studies and surveys have documented that this is a major concern for nearly every company in the industry. Various associations and individual companies have taken steps to address this issue, but there has never been an organized joint effort. The Coalition will serve to bring together and focus efforts and energy for the mutual benefit of all parties.
Membership for the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition is open to interested parties representing a broad spectrum of the graphic communications industry. This includes associations, vendors to the industry, educational institutions and all areas of print and graphic communications service providers. Those interested in participating are encouraged to use this link https://app.donorview.com/kwMW to join the group. Currently, there is no cost to join, only the desire to participate in the process. The coalition is actively seeking service providers and industry vendors to both its membership and to represent their constituencies on the board.
For more information, or to answer any questions about the Coalition please contact Melissa Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Berthelsen at email@example.com or 608-575-3904.
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