Aleyant (Wheaton IL), a leader in providing software services to the graphic communications industry, has donated its Aleyant Pressero and eDocBuilder web-to-print solution to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Graphic Communications Technology Management (GTEC) program for use in its web-to-print curriculum. “We’re very lucky to have the full support of the local printing industry and industry suppliers for our institution, and our thanks go out to Aleyant for their generosity in donating this software,” said Wayne Collins, GTEC Program Head. “Our unique model at this polytechnic institution started by partnering with the BCPIA to seek high-level managers as instructors, who typically teach one class per term. This keeps our curriculum current, and what we really deliver is a two-year diploma that trains entry-level managers into the industry. It’s like a two-year job interview,” he added.
Aleyant’s software donation and access to its online training videos created a potent learning experience for students, Collins said. “Our students have a lot to accomplish over a 14-week course, and assigning them videos to watch as homework helped to boost the course content. They had two hours of course work and 12 hours of video each week. But it was also critical that we had the actual software. The videos are important – and a demonstration of Aleyant’s commitment to having the best tools for training customers. But it’s equally important for students to be able to translate what they learned into actual hands-on interaction with the product.”
“We believe strongly in giving back to the industry that has given us so much,” said Greg Salzman, Aleyant’s President. “Attracting fresh talent to the industry and educating them on state-of-the art work processes and solutions is more critical than ever before as our workforce ages and our industry continues to undergo unprecedented dynamic change. We’re pleased to be able to contribute to the BCIT program and look forward to an ongoing relationship with the institution and its students.” The web-to-print course was taught by MET Fine Printers Manager Steve Tomljanovic. Thanks to Tomljanovic’s efforts and the generosity of Aleyant, students were able to use Aleyant Pressero web-to-print and its eDocBuilder variable-data tool to create web-to-print sites and documents, and to then produce their products in BCIT’s state-of-the art production lab with electrophotographic, inkjet, offset and flexo presses. Students invented a company and then produced products for that fictitious company. One team took their production to a new level with packaging elements in their solution – something they had not done before.