FFTA Launches its First Ever Online Auction

Proceeds put toward FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Program

11/9/2010 - Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA), is pleased to announce the launch of its first ever online fundraising auction, dubbed the “FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Online Auction”.

Funds generated by the auction, set for Spring 2011, will be deposited directly into the FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Program, the Foundation’s newest scholarship whose sole objective is to provide financial aid to those individuals interested in pursuing a FIRST ‘Press’ or ‘Prepress’ Operator Certification.

FTA is now accepting donations for the online auction and is seeking a select number of signature items, including press equipment/accessories, ancillary supplies, idle presstime, direct mail services; and personal items, such as, but not limited to, family vacations, golf outings, roundtrip airfare, and electronics. To view a current listing of donated items visit: http://www.idonatetocharity.org/store/FFTA/

Donors will be featured on the auction website, along with their company logo, photos and descriptive copy of the donated item. Additionally, donors will receive publicity in future press releases, FLEXO Magazine, and FTA’s eNewsletters. Associated tax benefits may apply to the contributions. Donors can specify specific terms and conditions, along with any additional pertinent details regarding the item(s).

Gene Martin, The Robinette Company and FTA Scholarships Committee Chair commented “This is a truly innovative way to gain industry support and raise the funds that will contribute to the FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Program”. He added “FTA’s Supplier Leadership Council deserves due credit for its efforts to establish the scholarship, which will aid individuals who desire to improve their skills and pursue a FIRST Operator Certification. I encourage all members of the flexographic industry to pledge their support to this important effort, which in the end, will help to enrich and advance print outcomes."

To make a donation, visit the FIRST Operator Certification Scholarship Online Auction webpage. The deadline to submit a donation is March 25, 2011. Specific inquires can go directly to Doreen Monteleone, FTA’s Director of Special Projects at 631-737-6020 ext. 30.

Bidding will commence on April 1, 2011 and will close on May 2 at 5:00pm. Winners will be posted at FFTA’s Annual Forum (May 1-4, 2011; Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, IN) and will also be contacted by May 20.

About the FIRST Operator Certification Program
FFTA’s FIRST Operator Certification Program is a curriculum composed of multi-level courses designed to deliver and assess specific flexographic skill sets and knowledge via online course study and examinations. Course curriculum closely follows the specifications espoused in the Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) book. Currently there are three areas one may become certified in: Press, Prepress and Implementation Specialist. Regardless of which designation one chooses to pursue, trainees must complete coursework consisting of three levels before becoming officially FIRST Operator Certified.

About TEST:
As part of its strategic planning initiative, FFTA launched TEST, a joint effort between FFTA and complying education institutions to expand technical skills required by a continually advancing flexographic process, bringing state-of-the-art professional development solutions to the flexographic industry. TEST subject matter, instruction, and course materials are closely aligned with FIRST to ensure consistent delivery and learning outcomes.

Education has always been a priority for Ron and Katherine Harper, as evidenced by their support of numerous secondary and post-secondary flexographic programs across North America. When the couple first learned of TEST and the educational benefits it offers to the industry, they immediately stepped forward with the initial funding that enabled TEST to move forward in building a top-quality educational and training program that will support the growth of the North American flexographic printing industry.

Flexographic Technical Association, chartered in 1958, is a professional society dedicated to bringing all members of the flexographic printing community-printers, suppliers, consumer product companies, institutions, prepress houses and others--together by providing opportunities for the free exchange of technical ideas and discussion of mutual concerns. It is a proponent of maintaining and advancing quality standards and includes 1,750 member sites that represent more than 1,300 companies and 60,000 individuals.