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PrintED® Program Awarded the 2006 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence


RESTON, VA, December 15, 2006... The Ben Franklin Society, honor society of the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) named the graphic communications program at Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Medina, NY the recipient of its 2006 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence. The award was presented to program instructor Linda Laney at the Ben Franklin Society Black-Tie Induction and Awards Dinner in Milwaukee, WI.

Linda Laney (center) accepts the Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence from Ben Franklin Society Members Zeke Prust (left) and Bob Murphy (right).

Ms. Laney has been the graphics instructor at Orleans/Niagara Career & Technical Center for the past 17 years, which has been PrintED accredited since 1998.

 “PrintED played a key role in earning this award. I place a strong emphasis on this national accreditation, which forms the basis for the curriculum that is taught to the students,” says Laney. The program is accredited in Introduction to Graphic Communications, Press Operations and Digital File Preparation.

With two facilities in two different locations, the Orleans and Niagara campuses serve about 60 to 70 students at any given time. Extensive resources for digital prepress, offset press operations, screen printing, and finishing are offered.

“Critical to the success of PrintED accreditation is its industry support,” Laney adds, emphasizing that PrintED graduates enter the workplace with verifiable skills and a certification that students can take with them anywhere in the country.

About the Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence      
Established in 1992, the Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence honors the distinguished career of Frederick D. Kagy, professor emeritus at Illinois State University. As one of the most active and influential leaders in the field of graphic communications and technology education, Dr. Kagy was an inspiration to thousands of former students and professional colleagues. Schools that receive the Kagy Award ca choose up to $1,000 worth of textbooks published by the PIA/GATF Press.

About PrintED®
PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, is a national accreditation and certification program, based on industry standards, for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels. PrintED provides a career pathway for students to enter the workplace with verifiable credentials, or to pursue further education with college credit already in hand.

About GAERF®
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation was created by the National Association for Printing Leadership, NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies and the Printing Industries of America in 1983. These three national associations jointly own the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC®).  GAERF was created to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-managed shows into projects supporting a strong future for the industry.  For additional information about the Foundation and its programs, visit the GAERF web site at or call toll-free at (866) 381-9839.


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