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Area Students Get Schooled by SGIA

Monroe Technology Center's Graphic Communications class visited SGIA for a day of screen printing education

Students from Monroe Technology Center's (Leesburg, VA) Graphic Communications class visited SGIA headquarters last month for a crash course in screen printing. SGIA Vice President of Technical Services Johnny Shell led a morning lecture, where captivated students learned the history of printing, had their perceptions of color challenged, and were encouraged to ask questions.

"[Visiting SGIA] has presented the students a wonderful opportunity," said Pam Smith, Graphic Communications instructor at Monroe Technology Center. "In class we present theory; here, with the hands-on experience, it clicks."

After lunch, instruction moved to SGIA's state-of-the-art printing lab where Shell, along with VP of Markets & Technologies Dan Marx and Associate Manager of Education Ashley Arneson shepherded students through the screen printing process, sending them home with newfound knowledge and freshly printed T-shirts.

"I was undecided before, but now I know for sure this is where I want to make my career," one Monroe student commented.

Are you an educator potentially interested in exposing your students to the world of screen printing? Contact Ashley Arneson for details, and then discover the SGIA Education Connection — valuable resources designed to help graphic art educators advance their programs and help students get involved with the industry. These resources include curriculum outlines, information on the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition, equipment and supply exchange area, and quick links to SGIA and educator resources focused on your needs.



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