The third edition of this course took place from June 19-30 at Esko’s headquarters in Ghent, Belgium.
“The flexible packaging market is a continuously growing segment in the graphic arts industry," explained Jan De Roeck, director of solutions management at Esko. "We are honored to support educational institutes by facilitating comprehensive flexo prepress and platemaking training programs. As leaders in the packaging industry, our investment in education will help promote the future of flexible packaging, create enthusiasm and passion for the industry, and give young graduates an increased opportunity to find jobs as they begin their professional careers.”
The Honors Class enriches the formal university education with flexible packaging prepress skills and knowledge. Using the Esko Software Platform, students get intimately acquainted with each step of the workflow, including:
- Design and artwork creation
- Virtual 3D prototyping
- Prepress workflow automation, color management and proofing
- Supply chain collaboration, reviewing and approvals
- Flexo platemaking
- Digital cutting of mock-ups
At the end of the training, students receive a certificate of participation, a valuable advantage when applying for a job in this sector. In some countries, students can also receive training credits by attending the Honors Class.
The Arteveldehogeschool has opened the Honors Class to its educational partners from abroad, bringing peer-to-peer learning and exchange of best practices to an international level. The 2017 Class had the pleasure of welcoming students from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Linköping University in Sweden, and both Seneca College and Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
Students in the academic year prior to graduation are welcome to apply for one of the 20 Honors Class seats. To be accepted, students must have a mastery of Adobe Creative Suite applications and a general understanding of prepress production steps, processes and functions. Students who are approved for the program will be invited to complete and submit preparatory work in order to fully prepare for the program.
“The Honors Class 2017 has ticked all the boxes: the students have deepened competences relevant for a competitive and rewarding career in the packaging industry," said Luc Berth, lector at the Arteveldehogeschool and mentor of the Honors Class. "They learned how to cooperate in an international context and have exchanged knowledge and best practices in an open and friendly atmosphere. The Honors Class is a great platform for both technical as well as cultural and social experience-based learning for our young and ambitious students.”