Editor's Comments: Skilled press operators are yet another industry segment affected by the skills gap. SkillsUSA has been going since 1967 and it is great to see Xerox step-up and sponsor the competition.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — July 10, 2017 — As a generation of skilled press operators retires, many managers at leading graphic communications firms and in-plant departments struggle to find qualified replacements. To help fill that void, Xerox and Electronics for Imaging (EFI) once again partnered this year to support the SkillsUSA Championships, which were held June 21-22 at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center.
Students compete for top honors at the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships.
About two dozen of the nation’s top high school and college-level graphic communications students competed in the championships for top honors in graphic communications skills. They were among more than 6,000 of the nation’s best career and technical education students — each the winner of a state contest — who participated in 100 hands-on SkillsUSA skill and leadership championship competitions that took place in an area the size of 20 football fields.
“You have to be here to truly understand the impact SkillsUSA is having on America’s growing skills gap,” said Dan Wheeler, chair of the SkillsUSA Graphic Communications Technical Committee and owner of DK Wheeler Training and Consulting Services. “Specifically, I believe the investment in education is a lifeline to closing the skills gap in printing and showcasing the fact that print of all types is indeed alive and everywhere.” Read the whole story: