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Feb 4, 2019

EFI Optitex Empowers Canada’s Next Generation of Professionals with Software Donation to Wilson School of Design

 FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 04, 2019 – Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) has donated a number of Optitex® 2D/3D design software licenses for students and faculty members at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design in Richmond, British Columbia, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to empower knowledge and help provide critical skills for the next generation work force in the fashion and apparel industry. 

EFI Optitex is one of the world’s leading integrated 2D and 3D CAD/CAM apparel platform technologies. It allows users to visualize and perfect garments before cutting or sewing the first piece of fabric, offering rapid prototyping for faster time to market. The donation of this modern, intuitive software gives students the necessary skills to enter the textiles and apparel industry, and to become change ambassadors for the industry as it continues on its digital transformation journey. Students and faculty will also have access to the Optitex eLearning site, which features user-friendly training materials, videos and webinar recordings that provide job-specific training for patternmakers, marker makers, technical designers, 3D designers and more across 10 different Optitex technologies. 

“EFI Optitex is proud to work with educational institutions such as the Wilson School of Design to promote knowledge and empower industry professionals,” said EFI Optitex General Manager Amir Lehr. “Moreover, as fashion design goes increasingly digital, access to EFI Optitex software solutions will provide students with the requisite skills to hit the ground running as they start their new careers in fashion. We are pleased to be able to provide this advanced capability to this prestigious institute, and to help ensure the right skill set for the next-generation workforce.” 

The Wilson School of Design prepares students for an exciting, dynamic future in modern graphic design, fashion, product design, technical apparel, fashion marketing and interior design. Drawn from a diverse background, the faculty are passionate about inspiring and guiding future designers and come from a wide range of industry segments. 
“We are grateful to EFI Optitex for partnering with us and providing this generous donation,” said Wilson School of Design Associate Dean Andhra Goundrey. “We are dedicated to providing our students with access to the latest tools and technology they will encounter once they graduate. This donation is an important addition to our curriculum and our ability to deliver against our educational goals.” 

EFI fuels success

EFI develops breakthrough technologies connecting the online world to the physical one, providing the industry’s largest portfolios for the textiles, signage, packaging, ceramic tiles, personalized documents and corrugated segments. EFI Optitex software is a leading integrated 2D/3D platform that enables users to quickly create true-to-life 3D digital garments, empowering apparel and soft goods companies to revolutionize the way they develop, produce, and market their products. Visit www.efi.com/optitex for more information. 

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About the Wilson School of Design

The Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a leader in design education, playing a significant role in shaping the design leaders of tomorrow. Located on Canada’s spectacular West Coast, the Wilson School of Design offers seven unique programs through certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree, and post-baccalaureate qualifications. With its purposefully small class sizes, hands-on learning approaches, faculty expertise, direct connection with industry and advanced technological resources, the School of Design instills a deep understanding of design thinking and the design process. For more information about the Wilson School of Design, please visit kpu.ca/design. About Kwantlen Polytechnic University
 Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981 and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Based at five campuses across Richmond, Surrey and Langley, KPU offers a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Around 20,000 students annually choose one of our wide selection of programs that blend thought with action, including bachelor’s degrees, diplomas, certificates, apprenticeships and graduate diplomas. Learn more at kpu.ca. 


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