The TEST program aims to rebuild the Foundation of FTA’s educational programs, products and services to meet the continually changing, and challenging, needs of its members and the flexographic industry as a whole.
To that end, TEST is dedicated to authoring, updating and hosting state-of-the-art curriculums to meet the needs of this ever-changing industry, paying particular attention to addressing the issues identified by FTA’s Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI).
Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) are regional entities created to implement the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 in the United States. Every community in the fifty states and the District of Columbia, is associated with a Local WIB (LWIB). Services vary by state and WIB. The WIB's main role is to direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs. This includes funds from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. WIBs help job seekers get employment information, find out about career development training opportunities and connect to various programs in their area. They provide many no-cost services to employers and often times, training grants. FTA members have successfully obtained training grants from WIBs. To learn more about the opportunities in your region, find your local WIB by accessing www.servicelocator.org/wibcontacts/
TEST's Founding Sponsors
Ron & Katherine Harper
Initial funding for the TEST program has been provided by Ron and Katherine Harper, long-time proponents and benefactors of numerous flexo educational initiatives. Ron and Katherine founded Harper Corporation of America in 1971 to build base cylinders for the engraving and chrome plating trades. Today, Harper Corporation of America is the leading innovator in anilox roll production and restoration for the corrugated, wide web, narrow web and newspaper flexographic printing markets. The company operates globally with manufacturing facilities in Charlotte, NC and Green Bay, WI; and licensees Harper Asia/Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand; and Harper Graphics, Hereford, Germany. The Harper's also founded two other successful companies in the U.S.; Harper/Love Adhesives in 1978, a joint venture with N.B. Love, Sydney, Australia; and Harper Machinery Corporation in 1981, which they sold in 1989.