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Capstone Class Sees Printing Industry Up-Close

Students enrolled in PNP495, the capstone course for graphic communications management students, recently visited six printing companies in the Baltimore area as guests of printing-press manufacturer Komori. While on the two-day trip, students visited both small- and large-size printers that produce a wide variety of materials.

In addition to plant tours, students had the opportunity to hear from company management at all levels, gaining valuable insights into managing their organizations, market challenges and potential opportunities for the soon-to-be graduates.

Students also attended the annual awards banquet of the Print & Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic, to recognize those companies that had produced award-winning print materials.

Course instructorJames P.Lentz, associate professor of printing and publishing, commented that “this firsthand experience tops anything that could have been accomplished in the classroom.

“The opportunity to see these companies up close and personal, as well as hearing from top company management, gave our students tremendous insights into what made these organizations successful. This experience also represents an excellent example of the cooperation and support our graphic communications program receives from the industry and is much-appreciated.”

This trip was sponsored by Atlantic Graphic Systems, the Komori Press dealer in the mid-Atlantic region, Lentz said.

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