Gravure Ed Foundation Joins Forces with PGSF
December 2, 2017 | Posted in: PGSF News
Pittsburgh, PA, December 1, 2017— As part of an effort to act as a single voice to advance the future of the industry workforce, the Gravure Education Foundation (GEF) has transferred its funds and administrative functions to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF). This combination now creates an endowed fund of over $9 million that is dedicated to encouraging young people to consider the graphics field as a career and then assisting in their education process to facilitate that end.
Rod Sosa, GEF president stated “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. To join forces with such an amazing group while ensuring that the Gravure segment continues to be represented in the industry. Growing the fund balance to over $9 million is an achievement that everyone that works in this industry should be proud of.”
“This is an important step towards having a single source of promoting the industry and providing funding to students, which will benefit all companies,” said John Berthelsen, VP-Development at PGSF. “We are broadening our scope of promotion and of providing support, just as service providers today are expanding their offerings.”
PGSF recently released new career materials that have been widely praised throughout the industry. Attracting youth, training new employees, and replacing current workforce losses are major issues for companies of all sizes across the country. The Foundation is actively addressing these issues and providing tools for companies to enhance their own efforts in this area.
The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses technical and college scholarships and assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communication careers. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice for young people, and then to support them through their education process. In 2017, more than 200 students were provided with support totaling over $400,000.