2 November 2011
Ryerson students honoured for excelling in graphic communications
TORONTO—Future members of the printing industry were honoured at Ryerson University's Heidelberg Centre Wednesday evening. 
 
Students were handed individual awards sponsored by a number of suppliers in the industry, while The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund doled out several scholarships of $1,250 to students who entered Ryerson's Graphics Communications Management program with an 80% or higher high school average.


Ryerson students celebrate their scholarships

Some of the larger awards included a $10,000 FFTA/Rossini Flexographic Scholarship to student Andrew Wong, who also receives an all-expense paid trip to the FTA Forum Conference (Wong also won a $3,000 Electronic Document Systems Foundation Scholarship); a $2,500 Francesco Giorgio Memorial Award to Alicia D'Souza, Aliya Damji, Farah Hadibhai and Hector Vargas for their presentations of an "innovative business plan for a new graphic communications company"; and a $2,700 Gary Hanna Graphic Communications Award to Eliot Kwan.


Deen Maharaj of G&K Services high-fives student Tabea Lemcke, who was the winner of $500 GK Teamwear award

Ian Baitz, chairman of Ryerson's Graphics Communication Management program, said the course has more than 460 students making it the largest of its kind in Canada. "There's tremendous careers in print out there," he said. 
— Jeff Hayward
Comments:
5. Printer Two says:
10 November 2011 at 1:59 PM
I too have over 30 years experience. From the ground up is the way to go, for me it was an apprenticeship. The teachers they hire for the students are all theory and probably never worked in a print shop. Good-Luck Grads . . . you'll need it.
4. Brian Ellis, Fujifilm Canada says:
4 November 2011 at 12:22 PM
Congratulations Alicia, Aliya, Farah and Hector! I am so very proud of all of you!
3. Printer says:
3 November 2011 at 6:27 PM
Part of the problem with their program is the unrealistic expectations they instill in the students. They all think they will make the big bucks. I have been in the industry close to 30 years and don't know any of the instructors. I have looked into teaching there but they want Masters and PHDs. Sorry to tell them but you won't find many in printing with those degrees. You need experience in the industry to teach what they need to know. That's why the recent grads all need to be trained from the ground up.
2. Litho Guy says:
3 November 2011 at 12:47 PM
Not sure why people are still enrolling in this program, declining trade, outdated curriculum, hopefully they are teaching them marketing and web production as opposed to print. Good luck to the Grads. Go client side as opposed to print production side.
1. Lithotrekkie says:
3 November 2011 at 8:23 AM
Not one male student?!!
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