Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA has committed to ongoing investments in support and industrial print education by encouraging students and educators to embrace evolving print technology and learn how to leverage it successfully in business.
This fiscal year, the company’s focus begins with an investment in the industry’s future workers through the creation of a USD 50,000 endowed scholarship fund with the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) to provide educational assistance to graphic communications students studying in the US.
PGSF is a private, not-for-profit, industry-directed organization providing undergraduate college and technical school scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to talented individuals pursuing graphic communications careers. Its recipients include full-time students as well as industry workers who seek additional education.
Each year Konica Minolta makes equipment donations to colleges and universities across the country. These include presses, measurement equipment and software, such as the placement of an AccurioPress C12000 digital color press and finishing equipment at California Polytechnic State University.
The company also provides support to Ball State University, Central Connecticut State University, Clemson University, RIT, Scottsdale Community College and University of Wisconsin-Stout. The company is a strong supporter of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA), sponsoring its annual technical conference and serving on the advisory committee, currently as president. Other educational initiatives include guest speaker engagements and participation on multiple academic advisory boards to help shape the future of these educational institutions’ programs.
‘We are committed to helping cultivate the next generation of printing and graphic communication workers to ensure they are prepared to succeed in the industry,’ said Dino Pagliarello, senior vice president of product management and planning at Konica Minolta. ‘Students are the future of our industry, and will fill a wide range of critical positions including press operators, technicians, sales, photographers, graphic design, pre-press, operational, mailing, administrative and management roles.’