The Super Shop 9 program at Venice High School has received the 2008 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award from the Ben Franklin Society, an honor society of the Printing Industries of America/ Graphic Arts Technical Foundation.

The award was presented to Art Lindauer, Super Shop 9 program instructor at Venice High School for nearly 15 years, at the foundation’s administrative meeting in Las Vegas in November.

The mission of the Super Shop 9 program is to provide beginning students with an introduction to the printing industry through lectures, demonstrations, projects and industry field trips. The program provides instruction on safety, job preparation, and tool and machine usage. Students learn screen, offset and digital printing, along with computer graphic design.

Second- and third-year students also receive advanced work to enter student competitions and apply for graphic arts scholarships. The students receive on-the-job training opportunities through the PrintED program and work on producing printing jobs for Venice High School and other local schools in the community, Lindauer said.

Super Shop 9 maintains a close partnership with the printing industry through student field trips, placing students in industry jobs, and by the instructor attending industry meetings and workshops throughout the year, Lindauer said. The PrintEd-accredited program helps prepare students to meet industry standards.

The shop continuously receives numerous state grants that allow for the latest generation of pre-press, press and post-press systems for Super Shop 9 students to train on — systems they will encounter in the finest printing companies, a school spokesperson said.

“This program is one of the best graphic arts programs in Southern California,” said Ara Izquierdo, vice president of Industry Relations at Printing Industries of America, who nominated the Shop 9 program. “For many years, this program has trained and provided the printing industry with excellent trainees right out of high school, as well as aspiring managers and teachers — many of whom are already working in the industry.

“We find Super Shop 9 to be precisely that — a ‘super shop’ — and Mr. Lindauer to be deserving of receiving this recognition.”

EmilÝJ. Rozek of Emil Rozek Typesetting in Venice adds, “Through my many years of industry participation, I have been fortunate to observe graphic arts education throughout Southern Califor- nia. I can honestly say that Super Shop 9 offers the highest level of meaningful and up-to-date instruction I have ever seen.”

The Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence, established in 1992, honors the distinguished career of Frederick D. Kagy, professor emeritus at Illinois State University, who was considered an active and influential leader in the field of graphic communications and technology education.

As a Kagy Award recipient, the Super Shop 9 program at Venice High School can choose up to $1,000 worth of textbooks published by PIA/GATFPress.