FTA Educational Member Training Programs
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Browse the below list of FTA educational institution members who offer flexographic training, see what machinery and equipment they have available on which to learn, and visit their websites for more information on course dates and enrollment.
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)
The Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly offers custom on-site and off-site flexographic training opportunities, in addition to academic courses for degree-seeking students. Cal Poly offers training on flexo prepress, plate production, narrow press fundamentals and lean management. Equipment used in training includes Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Esko Deskpack, Esko and Kodak workflow solutions, Esko CDI plate production and Mark Andy 2200 press operations.
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)
CPCC offers a wide range of training opportunities. Within its labs are three inline flexographic presses and one central impression flexographic press. Plate making capabilities include an Esko laser-imaging system, DuPont Cyrel plate processor and Anderson & Vreeland exposure units. Students are trained on the latest Adobe software applications to develop designs and prepare those designs to be printed. They learn the fundamentals of prepress by creating dielines, separating and trapping their artwork in Adobe Illustrator. They then move on to using prepress-specific utilities like Esko Deskpack. The department provides opportunities for education in the form of three certificates, an Associates degree, non-curriculum seminar courses, and customized training opportunities for groups or companies.
Flexographic Tech, a nonprofit educational resource, provides hands-on training in a compressed timeframe to produce qualified, productive flexographic press operators for a future in flexographic print. Training is completed on a 13-in. Mark Andy 2200 8-color press using UV and water-based inks. This training is intended to prepare students for the production environment. Setup metrics such as waste footage and setup time are tracked, and press sign-offs and quality checks are part of the daily learning environment. Press operators with limited-to-no experience are invited to join this intense, fast-paced course designed to prepare students for a future in flexographic print production. Please note that students must be sponsored or employed by a printer in order to participate in an operator training class.
Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics
Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics is an educational and research facility for holistic package design and package printing, bridging Clemson’s premiere Packaging Science and Graphic Communications programs. The Institute houses six fully-equipped labs including the Esko Packaging Supply Chain Computer Lab, Prototyping Lab, CUshop™ Consumer Experience Lab, Siegwerk Inks and Coatings Lab, Digital Platemaking Lab and Advanced Print Lab. Industry training programs offer a blend of classroom theory and hands-on experience in small class-size workshops or larger seminars. Train in prepress, color management, proofing, plate making, flexographic printing, process control and more, for all roles and levels of experience, utilizing the Institute’s OMET Varyflex press. Training is scheduled monthly, with more than 15 courses per year.