PrintED

WHAT IS PrintED?

Print[ED] is a nationally recognized accreditation program for high schools (secondary) and junior colleges (post-secondary) teaching graphic communications. Administered by the Printing & Graphics Association, Mid Atlantic (PGAMA) PrintED accreditation involves three parts: program standards, Industry approved competencies, and assessments.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION?

To the student, Print[ED] provides a career pathway to enter the workplace with verifiable credentials, or to pursue further education at the college level.

To the educator, Print[ED] ensures an instructional program that is current and relevant, consistent across the nation, and aligned with industry standards.

To the employer, Print[ED] graduates are knowledgeable, trained, skilled and ready to enter the workforce.

HOW DOES A PROGRAM ACHIEVE ACCREDITATION?

After completing an application, an Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) is assigned to mentor the candidate program’s instructor. The ETL maintains monthly contact with the instructor. A team comprised of industry professionals conducts the final evaluation to determine if the program has met accreditation requirements. An applicant program is granted 12 months to complete the accreditation process. Accreditation is awarded for five years, with an Annual Status Report due at the end of each academic school year. Areas of accreditation include:

  • INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS*
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • DIGITAL FILE PREPARATION AND OUTPUT
  • DIGITAL PRODUCTION PRINTING
  • OFFSET PRESS OPERATIONS/BINDERY AND FINISHING
  • SCREEN PRINTING

*Accreditation in Introduction to Graphic Communications, as well as in one other area, is required. Schools may choose to be accredited in additional areas.

DOES PrintED HAVE DEFINED STANDARDS?

Print[ED] has identified six standards that encompass the elements of a solid training program. For a program to be awarded accreditation, it must meet these standards in at least two skills areas.

Standard 1: Instructional Staff

The instructional staff must maintain technical competency, meet the requirements to be an approved Print[ED] instructor, and meet all state and local requirements for accreditation.

Standard 2: Facility, Equipment and Safety

The physical facility must be adequate to permit achievement of the program goals and performance objectives. In addition, the equipment must be of the type and quality found in the industry. Both the facility and equipment must meet today’s safety standards.

Standard 3: Instruction

Program curriculum must incorporate current industry competencies, safety procedures, acceptable work habits and ethics, and assessments.

Standard 4: Purpose

Program must have clearly stated goals related to student services and employers served.

Standard 5: Administration

Administration must insure that instructional activities support and promote the goals of the program.

Standard 6: Program Budget

Funding must be provided to meet the approved program goals and performance objectives.

WHAT ARE THE GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS COMPETENCIES?

The Graphic Communications Skills Competencies (GCSC), developed by educators and industry professionals, provide measurable or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors critical to successful job performance. These competencies form the basis for instruction in the six areas of Print[ED] accreditation. See list of competencies.

DOES PrintED PROVIDE ASSESSMENTS?

PGAMA in partnership with SkillsUSA offers online assessments which include:

  • INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • DIGITAL FILE PREPARATION/DIGITAL FILE OUTPUT
  • DIGITAL PRODUCTION PRINTING
  • OFFSET PRESS OPERATIONS/BINDERY & FINISHING
  • SCREEN PRINTING

A student who receives a passing score on any of the SkillsUSA/Print[ED] assessments is awarded a Student Certification in that subject area, valid for two years. The certification, which does not require work experience, is designed to be the initial step for students seeking to build a career in the graphic communications industry.

PrintED Quick Facts

Accreditation Fee

The accreditation fee of $1800 includes a CD containing the Print[ED] competencies, two onsite visits by an experienced Print[ED] instructor, an accreditation plaque, and copies of any materials updated during the five-year accreditation.

Curriculum

Although Print[ED] does not provide its own course of study, there are curriculums available that are aligned with the Print[ED] competencies.

Articulation Agreements

Many Print[ED] accredited programs have established articulation agreements with institutions of higher learning. Articulation agreements are designed to build strong partnerships between high schools and community colleges and/or four-year institutions. The agreement outlines specific requirements completed at the high school level that will transfer to institutions of higher learning. Print[ED] instructors are encouraged to form articulation agreements to provide students with the benefit of pursuing further education with college credit already in hand.

Profile

Print[ED] was developed in 1986 by the Printing Industries of Georgia (PIAG) at the request of the Georgia Department of Education. In 1990, Printing Industries of America adopted the Georgia program as a national industry-approved accreditation program. GAERF assumed management of Print[ED] in 2000. Effective July 1, 2019, GAERF transferred administration of Print[ED] to the Printing & Graphics Association, MidAtlantic (PGAMA).

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