FMN | June 10th, 2019

Flexo’s Future

Katie Graham Marketing and Communications Manager Pamarco Often overlooked at first glance, it doesn’t take long to see the value that education is bringing to our in- dustry.As someone who’s been in this

business for quite some time, experience has shown me what an incredible resource is at our fingertips if we consider the number of universities and programs supporting the print and packaging industry that are available today. It’s such a large sphere that it can feel overwhelming to think about how to make an impact as an individual. I’m here to tell you that it can be done with ease, and it’s actually quite a privilege. To begin, take a look at the geography of our nation: we’re spread out. Because of this, opportunities vary based on your physical location. Some of the univer- sities we look to as standard-setters, like Rochester In- stitute of Technology, aren’t the ideal option for every business to be closely engaged with or for students to attend. It’s important to look around and see what your choices really are. In my area, for example, we are in close proximity to Clemson University; a school with great programs for those interested in the print- ing and packaging industry. Making Connections Once you find your local options, the best way to connect is to simply be visible. Offer yourself as a guest speaker on a subject in which you’re an expert, or extend your services as a mentor for those interest- ed in your field. It’s a great way to meet the students going through the program, share your knowledge with them, and to become a champion of support as they make their way through the challenges of finding a full-time job fresh out of school. Another way to make an impact is to establish an internship program based on manufacturing, sales or technical services. In doing so, you’ll provide students with the opportunity to work in the real environment while also helping our businesses hone in on real tal- ent to support future growth. Internships afford stu- dents the chance to see different career paths in ac- tion and align their goals accordingly. On a larger scale, companies can encourage educa- tion by supporting organizations like FTA,TAPPI, and AICC.These organizations provide many avenues that educate, motivate and propel our industry forward. Continued education within the workplace, for anoth-

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