Xerox Helps Students Prep for Future Workforce; Provides Presses for SkillsUSA
NORWALK, Conn. — June 22, 2016 — Dozens of high school and college students will demonstrate their skills in running high-tech digital presses this week during SkillsUSA, the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades, including graphic communications.
The competition is one of the 100 held for more than 6,000 of the nation’s best career and technical education students. The SkillsUSA Championships are part of the week-long SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 18-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
Xerox provided six presses — a Xerox Versant 80 digital press and five Xerox Color 570 printers — along with support staff for the graphic communications contest. The students will be judged for their performance in producing a personalized, multi-page booklet from scratch, including creating the document, programming the variable data for personalization, printing and finishing.
In addition, Xerox has a robust learning and mentoring platform — the Digital Career Pathway Program — that provides digital production printing curriculum, hands-on training and teaches skills that align to competencies defined in the National PrintED Accreditation process. Currently in use in about 20 states, the Xerox program supports building the future print industry workforce through education (K-12, community and technical colleges), state and government agencies, and corrections and juvenile facilities.
“Programs like SkillsUSA and the Xerox Digital Career Pathway Program Curriculum are preparing the next generation of workers for the graphic communications industry, providing opportunities for students and a trained workforce for employers,” explains Bob Hivish, manager, Managed Print Services Offerings & Public Sector Programs, U.S. Large Enterprise Operations, Xerox Corp.
Xerox also is providing the printing technology for the National SkillsUSA advertising and design competition and for general administrative use during the competition.
Xerox is helping change the way the world works. By applying its expertise in imaging, business process, analytics, automation and user-centric insights, Xerox engineers the flow of work to provide greater productivity, efficiency and personalization. Its employees create meaningful innovations and provide business process services, printing equipment, software and solutions that make a real difference for our clients and their customers in 180 countries. On Jan. 29, 2016, Xerox announced that it plans to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies: a business process outsourcing company and a document technology company. Xerox expects to complete the separation by year-end 2016.