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RIT Partnership Results in Online Training for Graphic Arts Professionals

(August 31, 2001)
In a move to strengthen its status as one of North America's preeminent resources for graphic arts and imaging education and training, Rochester Institute of Technology's Corporate Education and Training (CET) announced a strategic partnership with IO Technologies. The two organizations recently pooled their resources to develop, market and begin distribution of a series of online introductory-level and more advanced competency-based training programs. Upon completion of the competency-based courses, participants will be prepared to take a series of
independently administered exams resulting in industry certification.

"IO Technologies has been a longtime provider to CET of superior instructor-led classroom training," said CET director Kitren VanStrander. "Using their expertise to help us develop an online curriculum of graphic arts programs was a natural extension of this relationship."

The first online courses will debut to the graphic arts community during Print '01 at RIT's booth (5049). They include the introductory topics:

  • Becoming a Print Professional
  • Introduction to Document Imaging Workflows
  • Introduction to Digital Asset Management
  • Introduction to Getting it on the Web
  • Practical Color Management

    The self-paced programs require about eight hours each to complete, and learners can access them through their Internet browsers. Taken separately or together, they offer organizations and individuals a comprehensive foundation in concepts vital to surviving in a rapidly changing business environment.

    In addition to the five introductory courses, demonstrations of the first two modules of the Web-based "Color Imaging Professional" certification track will be featured at Print '01. The content for "Color Imaging Professional" draws upon the expertise of over 50 subject matter experts in color and color science. Upon completion of this certification program,
    learners will be prepared to test their mastery in color imaging at
    independent testing sites located throughout North America. The competency standards addressed in each module are based on learning objectives developed by a panel of industry experts. Each objective is statistically verified by an independent research organization. This ensures the program's content meets or exceeds the expectations of industry professionals, who
    have to apply the knowledge that they learn to practical applications in the field.

    "This announcement is big news for RIT, IO Technologies and the industry in general," said IO Technology's CEO Eric Kenly. "The groundswell of people asking for online education in graphic arts and imaging technologies has been growing for some time. The introductory programs that we've developed
    are ideal for organizations that need to train new employees or update the skills of experienced workers. Moreover, the certification programs will give companies a verifiable yardstick by which to develop and measure minimum acceptable competencies for job performance." Kenly also noted that
    the first-of-their-kind online certification programs also benefit
    individuals by giving them standardized credentials that they can take from job to job.

    The programs will be delivered using Gemini's SWIFT( 5 Learning and Content Management System. The SWIFT( 5 platform uses adaptive learning technology that allows users to select the specific objectives that they want to master at the beginning of each session. The system ensures that the content
    delivered to the participant is targeted and that ensuing quizzes and feedback -- built into the modules to reinforce key concepts -- test only the topics that the learner specifies in the beginning of the session.

    The partnership is part of CET's overarching strategy to increase its portfolio of graphic arts and imaging training products. The addition of online programs is meant to enhance CET's lineup of well-respected public seminars and customized training programs.

    "We're excited to offer these products to our customers," said VanStrander. "Online learning has many demonstrable benefits including an overall reduction in training costs and 24/7 accessibility to courses. We can now provide a great deal of content over the Internet that doesn't require a live instructor. In addition, the certification programs will establish CET as the leading resource for online competency-based training. This is great news for our customers and an excellent complement to our existing products."

    For additional information about online learning programs for graphic arts and imaging professionals, please contact David Tontarski at 716-475-2759.

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