Heidelberg Distinguishes Itself Through Multi-faceted Support for Industry Education
KENNESAW, GA—April 25, 2013—Heidelberg remains as passionate as ever about advancing the cause of graphic arts education. More important, Heidelberg backs up its commitment with donations of facilities, equipment,money and expertise to create exciting opportunities for students poised to become the next generation of industry leadership. All evidence points to the certainty that Heidelberg is on the right track in seeking to motivate the next generation of graphic arts employees while they are still in school.
On March 22, for example, Heidelberg USA hosted the annual Georgia SkillsUSA competition in Advertising Design and Graphic Communications at its North American Print and Packaging Technology Center (NAPPTC) in Kennesaw, GA.
Skills USA is the national organization for high school students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupation education. It conducts the annual SkillsUSA Championships to recognize the achievements of vocational students and encourage them to excel.
“For the sixth year in a row, Heidelberg USA was privileged to host the Georgia SkillsUSA graphic communications and advertising design competitions,” said Susan Nofi, senior vice president, Heidelberg USA. “It’s inspiring to see high school students demonstrate their remarkable talent, and to see such strong interest in a graphic arts career.”
Winners of the 2013 graphic communications competition were: first place: Grayson Anthony, Johnson High School, Gainesville, GA; second place: Mason Pike, Troup County Comp High School, Lagrange, GA; and third place: Rhett Hamm, Lowndes High School, Valdosta, GA.
Winners of the advertising design competition were: first place: Veronika Zwicke, McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, GA; second place: Carlisle Vidourek, Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone, GA.; and third place: Tiauna Smith, Albany High School in Albany, GA.
Through a grant from Printing Industries Association of Georgia (PIAG)’s Educational Foundation, first place Georgia contestants and their advisors will advance to the national SkillsUSA Championship competition in Kansas City in June. Heidelberg gives scholarships to the first, second and third place winners of this competition. Championship winners go on to the WorldSkills International competition, held each fall in different locations around the globe.