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FY17 Institute Fee-Based Course Descriptions

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InDesign 6.0 Basics for Federal Publishers (New!) 

This basic hands-on introduction to Adobe InDesign teaches how to create desktop publishing projects from start to finish. Topics: making master pages, creating style sheets for formatting text, importing text and graphics, setting up printing ink colors, basic preflighting for press, exporting PDFs for web and press, and packaging files for print contractors. Also reviews graphic design concepts, typography guidelines, and cross-media publishing requirements.

Dec. 6 – 7, 2016, Mar 16-17, 2017, May 24 - 25, 2017
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm

Intermediate InDesign for Federal Publishers (Long Documents) 

This course focuses on critical, advanced features for long documents: tables, multi-chapter books, pagination, indexes, footnotes, tables of content, templates, cover composition, and advanced stylesheet controls. By the end of class, you will have completed a multi-chapter book with the above features. This foundation course prepares students for future classes in Section 508 accessibility, EPUBs, and other digital media from InDesign.

Prerequisites: Adobe InDesign Basics or similar course or work experience. This is an intermediate-level class only for experienced InDesign users who are able to create a basic document — including master pages, paragraph styles, and character styles — from scratch.

Dec. 13 – 16, 2016, April 5 - 6, 2017
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm

Do’s, Don’ts and Tips for Desktop Publishers: Creating and Preflighting Files for Trouble-Free Printing more details

This “best practices” class provides the foundation for desktop publishing and fills in the missing information government publishers need to create trouble-free files for GPO and internal print shops. Not only does it cover the technical do’s and don’ts for files that will be printed, but it also includes hands-on exercises in preflighting the main types of desktop publishing files — page layout files, photos, graphics, and PDFs.

Jan 24 - 26, 2017, Mar 13 - 15, 2017
3 days — $875
9:00am – 4:00pm

508 Compliance using Adobe Acrobat with MS Word more details

Learn how to make Sec. 508-compliant Word documents and PDFs in this 3-day intensive workshop. Topics include: Understanding Sec. 508 standards and guidelines for federal documents, creating Word source documents that are compliant, exporting compliant PDFs, and remediating existing PDFs. This foundation class on how to create accessible files is designed for writers, editors, web masters, production managers, and graphic designers.

Dec 12 - 14, 2016, Feb 21 - 23, 2017, May 10 - 12, 2017
3 days — $875
9:00am – 4:00pm
Live Online Training available - click here

Sec. 508-Compliant Fillable Forms more details

This intermediate-level class teaches how to create accessible PDF forms with Adobe Acrobat Pro. (It does not cover Adobe LiveCycle Designer, MS Word, or Adobe InDesign). Topics include: Creating accessible forms with Acrobat’s form tools, Sec. 508 guidelines for compliant forms, testing and evaluating forms for compliance, remediating existing PDF forms, and design guidelines to improve usability and accessibility.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Adobe Acrobat and PDFs; coursework or equivalent experience in accessible Word, PDF, or InDesign documents is very helpful.

Mar 22 - 23, 2017
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm

Sec. 508 Compliance with Adobe InDesign and Acrobat  more details

This intermediate-level class teaches how to create InDesign layouts that produce Sec. 508-compliant PDFs for websites, in addition to press-quality PDFs for print. Topics include: Sec. 508 standards and guidelines for federal documents, InDesign’s tools for accessibility, controlling accessibility in the INDD layout, exporting Sec. 508-compliant PDFs, checking and testing the PDFs for compliance, and advanced InDesign features. These accessibility techniques can also prepare InDesign files for web publishing, content management systems (CMS), and EPUBs as well as improve search engine optimization (SEO).

Prerequisite: Basic and/or Intermediate Adobe InDesign classes, or equivalent work experience. The class is for experienced publishers seeking to master Sec. 508 compliance of PDFs created from InDesign. Students should be comfortable creating basic documents (newsletters, brochures, reports) from InDesign before taking this class.

April 24-26, 2017, June 26-28, 2017, Aug 15 - 17, 2017
3 days — $875
9:00am – 4:00pm
Live Online Training available - click here

Creating ePubs using InDesign CC (New!) more details

This new full-day, hands-on, how-to lab course is ideal for those looking to become proficient in creating ePubs. Students must possess intermediate level skills in InDesign 4.0. Specific areas covered in this class include:

  • Understanding Document flow
  • Overcoming document flow issues
  • Producing design content
  • Adding text styles
  • Images
  • Preflight check
  • Creating a Table of Contents
  • Creating a book
  • Export to ePub
  • Options for fine tuning
  • Validation and Clean-up
  • Remediation of issues found during validation

Dec 5, 2016
1 day — $475
9:00am – 4:00pm

Superior Customer Service more details

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

Mar 9 - 10, 2017
2 days — $775
9:00am – 4:00pm

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

This course covers basic printing processes and terminology; digital and traditional prepress and printing processes; ink on paper and other substrates; paper, envelopes and the Government paper system; post-press finishing operations, binding and GPO print procurement.

GPO, DC: Dec 5 - 8, 2016, Mar 14 - 17, 2017
Atlanta, GA: April 26-27,
Dallas, TX: May 23-25th
4 days — $875
9:00am – 4:00pm

Managing 508 Compliance for Federal Publishers  

This is a hands-on course that teaches essential skills necessary to understand the 508 compliance work flow, and identifies the basic tools a publisher may use to create and identify 508 compliant documents. Publishers will be introduced to the most recent 508 Compliance standards recommended/required by the US Access Board. Attendees will be advised on what standards work best, when applied to meet various customer agency needs in the Federal arena. This course is recommended for publishers in a managerial role, who require a better understanding of 508 Compliance standards, how they should be applied, and why.

Nov 2, 2016, Feb 9, 2017, June 22, 2017
1 day — $475
9:00am – 4:00pm

Proofs and Press Sheet Inspections 

One of our most popular courses returns in FY16! 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.

1 day — $475
9:00am – 4:00pm


In two hours (at GPO or in an on-line webinar) the instructor will explain the intricacies of selecting paper for commercial printing. Federal Publishers will come away with answers, advice, and paper samples.

Jan. 17th, April 12th, June 13th 2017
2 hrs. — $125
10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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