Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced its participation in SkillsUSA’s 51st Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high-school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. As part of its Graphic Communications sponsorship, Ricoh is providing several RICOH Pro C5100s, one of its leading color digital printing system, offering attendees hands-on technical experience with one of the most popular printing systems operating in businesses today.
SkillsUSA, taking place June 22-26 in Louisville, KY will feature The SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. It rewards students for excellence, involves industry experts who directly evaluate student performance, and keeps training relevant employers’ needs.
“In an ever-evolving production printing market, we at Ricoh see great value in participating in events like SkillsUSA, where we are given the opportunity to educate students on the latest trends, technologies and industry demands in this space,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group for Ricoh Americas Corporation. “In doing so, we are able to help future small business owners and enterprise executives prepare for what to expect in the industry as they begin their careers. We’re excited to be showcasing the RICOH Pro C5100s at this year’s conference and interested to see how students react to the versatility, speed and ease of use of the system.”
This year, participation in the SkillsUSA Championships’ Graphic Communications competition consists of an eight part contest which includes: digital press, digital workflow, electronic prepress, finishing, offset press operations, oral professional assessment, production planning and technical knowledge test. Ricoh will participate in the digital press segment where students will be challenged to set up a Ricoh device for proper file transfer, create a finished product that may consist of variable data or inline finishing, and finish with a short written test. Ricoh will also be giving away RICOH Theta cameras to this year’s SkillsUSA Championships winners.
For the first time ever, SkillsUSA, Ricoh and other industry partners will bring the Industry Supporting Its Future Workforce booth to this year’s GRAPH EXPO’s Education Main Street with a goal to encourage the youth to consider the graphic communications and printing industry as a career choice.