Film Focus by Tara Taffera
by Tara Taffera
April 25th, 2018

Real Life Examples of Students Being Trained in Graphics—and Wraps

Much of my time as editorial director here at Key Media & Research, involves keeping up with all the issues related to our six publications, one of them being Window Film and PPF magazines. A major issue across all industries is finding qualified employees, and the urgent need to train students in trades such as window film to get them excited about entering fields such as these. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw an article profiling how a local high school (which just so happens to be in my County—double bonus), is getting kids excited about graphics—and wraps! Maybe you will have some great hires in a few years. Let’s hope this is happening in more school districts as well.

The Graphic Imaging program (which has been in place for several decades) allows students to earn industry-based certifications through national assessments or licensure exams, the article states. But that doesn’t mean the program hasn’t been subjected to talks of shutting it down throughout its existence but one of the instructors there made sure that didn’t happen.

The program even administers Occupational Safety and Health Administration training, so after completing Graphics 1, students receive an official Department of Labor card showing they are OSHA compliant. This is another great plus because one of the other things I wrote a great deal about is the importance of safety and meeting OSHA guidelines. After completing Graphics 2, students take an exam administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation.

That instructor I told you about before earlier—her name is Susan Caldwell, and she used to be a former student who took what she learned at the school into a career that included developing car wraps using state-of-the-art software and computers.

How great is it that students are learning about technical careers from people just like them who worked in these fields? I think it’s pretty cool. Are any of you working with local high schools on similar programs? I would love to hear from you on this topic. Email me at or post a comment here.

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