About PPI Educational Trust

Who We Are

The PPI Educational Trust is a career education program designed to promote a strong future workforce in the print and graphics industry. Since 1989 we have encouraged students to explore and discover career pathways in our industry.

What We Do

We find, create, clarify, and promote career pathways for students of all ages to prepare for and join the thriving workforce of the print and graphics industry. We do this by supporting career days, internships, job shadowing, and by offering student scholarships.

Why We Do It

We do all of this because we love printing! We believe that it is relevant, disruptive, and that it is here to stay. But any industry is only as good as the people that work in and for it. We want to keep the visual communications industry around, and we need you to join us in celebrating the creativity, the industry, and the practicability of print media.

Get Involved

There is a way for everyone to get involved! If you are a student and are considering a career in visual communications. If you are an educator, we would love to work with you! We have many friends in the industry that are willing to give students first-hand experience in the printing industry through tours or presentations. If you are an industry worker or shop owner, join our list of supporters or donate the funds we need to keep doing what we do for you.




The future workforce of the visual communications industry is very important to us at PIASC. As an association of over 700 members in the western states, we work hard to provide new and relevant pipelines from school to work for the benefit of both the future employee and student.

Do you think you might be interested in working with our industry? Then contact us in order to receive more information and to be matched with one of our capable members.

Are you an educator who is hoping to connect with us on behalf of your students? We would love to hear from you and craft an alliance custom-fit to your specific needs. Reach out to us with an email and we will gladly schedule a meetup or phone call to hear your story and offer help in any way we can!


Summer Internship Opportunity:

At PIASC, our top priority is to find and develop the next generation of skilled laborer in the printing trade. We will be hiring summer interns for Portland-area print shops. This internship is a great opportunity for graduating high school seniors who are looking for a career right out of college or for college-age students who are interested in working in print. Individuals who successfully complete our internship will gain tangible skills in working at a print shop, workable knowledge of how the printing process functions, and have the potential to be hired on as a permanent full-time employee.

We are looking for applicants who have a strong work-ethic, able to do hands-on work and learn quickly. Students interested in a long-term career in the printing industry (design, manufacturing, customer service, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.


Student Poster Competition

Students each year are asked to create a poster that inspires students to learn about the graphic and printing industry.

Top high school and college winners will:

  • Win BETWEEN $100 – $500 in individual scholarship awards
  • Be recognized at the Annual PrintROCKS! awards
  • Receive regional social media recognition


Competition is open to high school and college students in print, graphic communications, marketing and related studies in the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Utah, and Wyoming.

Submission Guidelines

Contest Opens, January 22, 2022 – April 8, 2022 at 9:00 pm

This year’s themes for your poster design.

  • Print is Essential
  • Print is Imaginable
  • Print Opens Doors


  • Size: 11”x 17” finished at 300 DPI
  • Full Color
  • The PIASC logo which can be accessed in the section below.
  • Contact Page: Include an 8.5 x 11in (.pdf) with students’ information to include: name, complete address, students email, teachers name, and email, school, and how you heard about the contest
  • Please send final digital files via DropBox: https://bit.ly/PIASC-NW-submit
  • Export finished work as a PDF without crop, registration, or bleed marks.
  • Remember, EMBED all photos and outline all fonts before you save it to a PDF.

Do you have any questions? Contact: Tammy Weatherly at Tammy@piasc.org 323.728.9500 ext. 206

2021 Poster Winners

The High school winners were:

  • Peggy Bristol, Newtech Skills Center
  • Paladin Nelson, Newtech Skills Center
  • Talia Bender, Newtech Skills Center

The college winners were:

  • Crystal Hardt, North Idaho College
  • Ariel Martin, Salt Lake City Community College
  • Hannah DeRuyter, North Idaho College



Below you will find the PIASC logo files in three formats for your convenience.