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Young Flexographers Showcase Their Skills

CHARLOTTE, NC: The Phoenix Challenge Foundation (PCF) 2012 competition dates are set. PCF is celebrating its 15th anniversary. It encompasses the 15th annual High School Challenge and the 5th annual popular College Competition. Organizers are excited to have built awareness of careers in flexography and graphic arts among hundreds of young adults over the past 15 years.

The 2012 College Challenge will be held March 17-18 in San Antonio, TX, in conjunction with the FFTA Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX event. In its 5th year and growing, this competition draws from leading graphic communications higher education institutions such as Clemson University, CalPoly State University, Dunwoody College and many more. The college program continues to encourage the further development of graphic arts education and career skills support. The college level competition expands student participation by including in-depth planning and development of consumer packaged goods designs, while also incorporating achieved knowledge and skill of flexographic printing.

The 15th annual High School Skills Competition will be held April 25-27 at the Harper National Flexographic Center at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. This high school competition sets the stage for young flexographers to compete with each other, showcasing their knowledge of flexo printing theory and graphic arts. They are rewarded with ongoing educational scholarships and prize trophies to encourage further career development. The high school competition is a skills-based program which lasts three days, featuring prepress, on press and general knowledge skills tests. More than 30 teams are scheduled to participate in this year’s event.

To effectively support the mission of the Foundation, the PCF announces the availability of sponsorships in support of its fundraising for this year’s competition and scholarship programs. Since its inception, more than 725 students have successfully participated in Phoenix Challenge Foundation programs and events and many have gone on to successful careers in flexo and package printing.

The PCF is a 503(b)non-profit and exists solely through generous donations made by devoted industry supporters, suppliers, flexo printers and converters. Businesses and organizations participating as sponsors will have access to a variety of options that in turn deliver marketing and recognition opportunities. To learn more about sponsorships, visit