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Gravure Ed Foundation Joins Forces with PGSF

Posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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PPI Executive Director, Jules Van Sant, is the current vice chair of the PGSF and excited at the expanded audience being served by this merger. As we focus again in 2018 on workforce development issues, funding and education of our future employees is a key component to success. PPI regularly promotes the scholarship program to the schools and educators we engage and encourage as the year rounds out our regional companies consider becoming a donor to continue the great work being done or to at least utilize the Amazon Smile program link where a small percentage of sales will go directly into the PGSF.

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 their 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 towards 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 life time 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 loses 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.

For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact John Berthelsen at or visit the site at