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Graphic Communications

Select this link for an overview of the SkillsUSA Graphic Communications Contest 

Contestant will participate in a seven part contest which includes the following segments in alphabetical order: 

DIGITAL WORKFLOW—The student will access file and follow instruction to perform preflight operations to make corrections and review overall quality of the file 

ELECTRONIC PREPRESS—The student will create a file with InDesign on an Apple Computer and following instructions will create a file that matches a provided sample 

FINISHING—The student will prepare and operate a paper cutter, following instruction cut paper to specifications, prepare table top folder for various folding exercises and a short written test 

OFFSET PRESS OPERATIONS—The student will prepare the press by setting up the feeder and delivery, install plates, print and register the 2nd two colors of a 4 color job creating a final product 

ORAL PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENT—The student will participate in an interview exercise 

PRODUCTION PLANNING—The student will solve production problems relating to paper, ink and production 

TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE TEST—The student will complete a general technical knowledge test.


To evaluate each contestant's preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of graphic communications

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Have your State Coordinator contact us for information on getting your State Graphic Communications Contest to the next level...

Equipment Used for the 2012 National SkillsUSA Graphic Communications Contest

- Heidelberg Printmaster  QM 46-2

- Heidelberg Saphira Pressroom Ink and Chemistry

- BaumCut 31.5

- Baum 714XLT Folder

- X-Rite Portable Spectrodensitometer

- Mac Computers

The National Graphic Communications Contest will be Available for your State Competition

Check back for downloadable content available to your State Coordinator

Offset Press  - Includes press job, instructions and score sheets per your equipment

Digital Workflow - Includes preflight file, instructions and score sheet 

Electronic Prepress - Includes design file, instructions and score sheet

Production Planning - Includes instructional materials and samples

Finishing Folding Job - Includes recommended outline along with instructions and score sheet

Finishing Cutting Job - Includes recommended outline along with instructions and score sheet

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Select this Link for a  Regional/State Competition for your classroom 

Sponsored by PGAMA Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic/Paul Foster

Regional versions of the competition will not be the same as, but will be within guidelines of the national contest

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