RAHS Teacher Named to Prestigious Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2019
CONTACT: Josh Collins, 651-635-1605, joshua.collins@isd623.org   

Roseville Area High School Teacher Named to Prestigious
Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies

Mr. Brian Hoag at the ASDPT ConferenceROSEVILLE – The Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) recently inducted its newest members, including Brian Hoag, an industrial technology teacher at Roseville Area High School. Mr. Hoag is the first high school teacher in the nation to receive this honor and award.

“I was shocked to learn that I had been accepted into the academy,” said Hoag. “To be inducted with people whom I have admired and looked up to for years is like a dream to me. I want to personally thank the members of the academy who nominated me, and Roseville Area Schools for allowing me to create a world-class program in a unique and creative way. In the age where industry is desperately looking for new skilled workers, Minnesota should know that we have exceptionally high performing programs in our state. We need more of them, and we need support so we can continue to develop the modern workforce of the future.”

Of his 34 years as an educator, Hoag has spent 28 of them teaching more than 20,000 students in the Roseville Area High School Media Arts program. During this time, he started a vehicle graphics company, which he sold in 2000 to focus exclusively on education. Through industry partnerships and starting Raider Grafix—Roseville’s student-run print shop—he has continued to expand this program, which will occupy a 12,000-square-foot space by fall 2021. In addition to facilitating student internships, Hoag has offered his services, curricula and support materials to help build similar programs across the country.

“Mr. Hoag is a great teacher who is dedicated to his craft, and he is deeply respected for his contributions,” said Dr. Aldo Sicoli, superintendent of Roseville Area Schools. “Members of the ASDPT are true experts in their field, and being selected as the first high school educator in the country to receive this award is a remarkable accomplishment. We are proud that he has dedicated his career to educating our students and supporting our community.”

Established in 1973 by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, ASDPT is an international organization of expert printers, suppliers and educators who have made significant contributions to the growth of the screen and digital printing industries. Each year, ASDPT accepts nominations for new members who have demonstrated an industry commitment through their work and/or educational efforts. Inductees must be officially recommended by at least two current members to be considered.

Roseville Area High School’s Media Arts program is a part of Raider Career Pathways, where students learn industry-specific skills and, in some cases, may earn free college credit and industry-recognized credentials. Students are involved in engaging, hands on classroom and field experiences, such as internships, connecting with local industry professionals, touring local businesses, and other experiential learning opportunities. Participants in Raider Career Pathways develop essential skills and experience needed to either enter the workforce directly in a high-paying career or further their education at a two-year or four-year post-secondary institution.

For more information about Roseville Area Schools and our many opportunities for students, visit isd623.org/careerpathways.

For more information about ASDPT, visit sgia.org

Download a picture of Mr. Hoag with fellow inductees. A picture of Hoag alone is available by clicking the photo above.

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