A new Publishing Innovation Center will move into the $3.5 million dollar Upper Kanawha Valley (UKV) Technology Community Building located in Montgomery, WV. According to a recently signed letter of intent, the Community and Technical College Department of Printing at WVU Tech will manage with Center.

Slated for completion in Fall 2005, the Publishing Innovation Centers primary mission will be education, industry training, research and workforce development. The Center will also house thePublishing Hall of Fameto serve as a focal point for corporate leaders who have made significant contributions to the printing industry, according to Jack Nuckols, Chair of the WVU Tech Printing. The center will be the only facility of its kind in the nation, housing state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and a high-tech distance learning facility.

Local economic development groups are supportive of the Publishing Innovation Center since they believe the potential for spin-off business is high. In addition to the increased local economic activity associated with industry training programs, the attraction of related business interests will create the opportunity for job creation.

The department has received a $192,200 grant from the West Virginia Development Office to establish a complete flexography facility capable of offering unique national training. Other Center partners include Scripps Howard Company, Flint Ink, Dow Jones/Wall St. Journal Foundation, the Chicago Tribune, Cox Newspaper and Gannett (that prints USA Today). To date, almost $400,000 in private support has been donated to the Center.

When Rochester Institute of Technology eliminated their Newspaper Management curriculum in 2001, WVU Tech became the only institution in the nation offering technical newspaper skill training to their students. Tech is now regarded as thepremier publishing centerfor education and international newspaper industry training.

WVU Techs Department of Printing has some 800 graduates, many of whom hold CEO and other upper management positions. More than 90 students are currently enrolled in either printing technology or printing management.

The economy has opened up new opportunities for our graduates,says Nuckols.In the last two weeks, the Government Printing Office called with ten new positions, Valassis Inserts called with 20 new positions and Social Security with two openings.

For additional information about the WVU Tech Department of Printing, visit the Community and Technical College web site athttp://www.wvutech.edu/ctc2/or call Department Chair Jack Nuckols at (304) 442-3172.