Led by PGAMA, the Print Strategic Industry Partnership (PrintSIP) consisting of printers, binders and finishers, educational entities, and industry-related non-profits, oversee the development of the program. Following are the 4 modules that were developed and delivered under the grant:
- Module 1: Introduction to Graphic Communications
- Module 2: Digital Production Printing
- Module 3: Offset Press & Binding/Finishing
- Module 4: Digital File Preparation and Output
Live classes run for 5 weeks, 2 sessions a week, for 2.5 hours per session and Virtual classes run for 4 weeks, 2 sessions a week, for 1.5 hours per session. They are a combination of lectures and hands-on demonstrations, with more hands-on in the Live classes. These classes are offered free of charge for attendees.
The heart of the program revolves around Print[ED]—a nationally recognized accreditation for printing and graphics programs that are owned and operated by PGAMA. Modules are based on industry-approved Print[ED] competencies, taught in Print[ED] accredited school labs, by Print[ED] accredited instructors. Students take Print[ED] SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Assessments at the end of each module to certify their knowledge.