November 6, 2007

Hearlihy Screen-Printing Curriculum a Hit

PITTSBURG, Kan., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- What if an educational program could prepare students for employment as graphic designers in the promotional advertising industry? What if students really, really enjoyed the curriculum? And, what if the program could pay for itself?

One curriculum can do it all. Hearlihy's new screen-printing educational package, developed in partnership with HIX Corporation, a leading equipment provider to the screen-printing industry, includes a year of curriculum, production-grade equipment and supplies, and the support of an industry veteran to help educators set up a successful screen-printing lab at their schools.

"Hearlihy's program will break new ground in education because it supplies professional-grade equipment and teaches current, industry-standard techniques in depth," says Hearlihy's Kevin Bolte.

With more than 20 years experience in the screen-printing industry, Bolte stands ready to offer professional guidance to help educators launch their programs.

"Everywhere you look, you see screen-printed products," says Bolte. "Bumper stickers, T-shirts, banners, glassware, caps -- the list goes on. Schools can actually have a complete screen-printing shop, produce screen-printed items, and sell them for a profit to pay for the program."

At the annual SkillsUSA National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, last June, the Screen Printing Technology competition challenged students to demonstrate their competency in screen preparation and printing a graphic design on a garment in a production environment using HIX's professional screen-printing equipment. Students from 16 states participated.

The competition was the brainchild of Dr. Jesse L. Hudson, retired Dean of Ozark Technical College.

"I wanted to make screen-printing as attractive to students as graphic arts," he said. "The screen-printing competition at SkillsUSA incorporates both."

Screen-printing is a printmaking process that uses a frame stretched with screen mesh and coated with a light-sensitive photo emulsion to create a color-specific stencil. Ink is placed into the frame, a squeegee is pulled across the screen, and ink flows through the open areas of the screen mesh and on to the substrate.

Students competing in the event were challenged to print as many shirts as possible in 15 minutes. They were judged on the quality and consistency of the prints and on screen preparation, screen registration, setting up a press, and screen reclaiming, a process that includes ink and stencil removal. Each contestant also took a written test, answering 100 questions relating to the screen-printing process. The judges for the competition were industry experts with decades of experience in the screen-printing industry.

"These kids worked just like journeyman craftsmen," says Dr. Hudson. "And next year, with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation, we'll make the competition even more real world by adding problem solving and other occupational competencies to the mix."

To learn more about the screen-printing curriculum, contact Kevin Bolte at 866-622-1003 x 633 or [email protected] To learn more about Hearlihy, visit


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