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2011 Institute Courses

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Best Practices for Government Publishers: Preparing and Preflighting Files for Trouble-Free Printing

Course Date
August 8 - 11, 2011 (4 days)

Cost
$825

Course Location
GPO Headquarters
732 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20401

Course Description
This hands-on foundation course covers common technical problems with desktop publishing files; getting the best printed results for graphics; software programs for desktop publishing; limitations of using Office software applications and strategies to get the best from them; packaging native files and creating press and print-quality PDFs; checking/preflighting with desktop publishing programs.

Detailed Course Syllabus  pdf


508 Compliance with Adobe Acrobat

Course Date
August 23 - 24, 2011 (2 days)

Cost
$725

Course Location
GPO Headquarters
732 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20401

Course Description
This hands-on introductory course will provide concepts to properly create and edit Adobe PDF documents for access by users with disabilities. Students will learn:

  • How to test PDFs for accessibility
  • How to construct MS Word documents that are 508-accessible
  • How to export 508-accessible PDFs from MS Word
  • How to identify and correct accessibility flaws in PDFs
  • How to add user-friendly features to PDFs
  • How to create accessible, fillable PDF forms in Acrobat Professional

Detailed Course Syllabus  pdf


Superior Customer Service for Printing Specialists

Course Date
July 26 - 27, 2011 (2 days)

Cost
$725

Course Location
GPO Headquarters
732 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20401

Course Description
This fast-paced two-day course for government printing specialists will deal with customer service as it specifically applies to providing government printing services. Through lecture, video, role playing, and class interaction, attendees will gain insight and knowledge into providing effective, proactive customer service.

Detailed Course Syllabus  pdf


Good Design Thinking is Good Problem Solving

Course Date
July 19, 2011 (1 day)

Cost
$350

Course Location
GPO Headquarters
732 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20401

Course Description
Design is not about simply making things look great. Good design involves a well-conceived process of analysis and problem solving involving both the designer and the customer. This course is for designers at all levels of experience who want to improve their design solutions by learning how to analyze design projects, find new ideas that work, talk about concepts with customers and successfully present design concepts. Students will learn practical methods that can make a difference in meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

Using lectures, videos, and live samples, this course will cover:

  • The benefits of good design
  • What is a designer?
  • Process of design
  • The three facets of design required for successful projects


Federal Agency Publishing Alternatives (for Shrinking Print Budgets)

Course Date
June 22, 2011 (1/2 day)

Cost
$175

Course Location
GPO Headquarters
732 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20401

Course Description
This half-day seminar provides an overview of the practical and effective methods available to Federal Agencies to continue publishing mission-critical content when budgets no longer support traditional printing and distribution models. You will learn about alternatives for short-run print publications; innovative print-on-demand models for production and distribution; conversion and dissemination of e-books; and other hybrid publishing options available to Federal agencies through GPO.

This seminar will also feature an in-depth discussion of GPO's capabilities to convert agency content into e-books and the various channels available to Federal agencies through GPO to increase the visibility and availability of their content to the desired audience.


Proofs and Press Sheet Inspections

Course Date
September 20, 2011 (1 day)

Cost
$350

Course Location
GPO Headquarters
732 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20401

Course Description
This course, taught by staff from the GPO Quality Control for Procured Printing section, includes a discussion of proofs and proofing systems and the relationship between proofs and press sheet inspections (PSIs). It covers what a PSI is and is NOT, scheduling of PSIs, PSI procedures, current proofs standards and examples, and advice for agency representatives. Agency products and press sheets are discussed, and various press sheets are used in hands-on demonstrations.

Who Should Attend
Government employees who review proofs or participate in PSIs will benefit from this class. Basic familiarity with printing terminology and processes is necessary for this seminar to have full value. For those who do not yet have a good working knowledge of printing and electronic publishing terminology, the Printing Workflow: Processes,Terminology and Ordering Printing in the Federal Sector is strongly recommended prior to this class.


Printing Workflow: Process, Terminology, and Ordering Printing in the Federal Sector

Course Date
September 12 - 15, 2011 (4 days)

Cost
$825

Course Location
GPO Headquarters
732 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20401

Course Description
This class is designed to provide attendees with elementary knowledge of printing processes and terminology. Traditional, digital, and ink-based presses are discussed, as well as toner-based copiers and printers. Additional topics include: ink on paper and other substrates, spot colors, and process colors; paper (grades, weights, usage, sizes) and the Government paper system; proofs, post-press finishing operations and binding; GPO printing procurement; and the Quality Assurance through Attributes Program (QATAP). The class includes a pressroom tour and hands-on exercises. Best practices for communicating fully and clearly when ordering and unusual requirements are discussed in regard to ordering printed products, whether using an Agency Print request or a GPO Standard Form 1 (SF1). Case studies are used to help students determine the types of things they need to understand. This class is intended to ensure effective communication between print customers, GPO, and vendors.

Detailed Course Syllabus  pdf

 
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