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Jedlicka earns lifetime honor from Institute of Packaging Professionals

May 14, 2012

Wendy Jedlicka, an instructor since 2009 in the School of Art and Design, has earned the Lifetime Packaging Professional Certification from the Institute of Packaging Professionals.

It takes 10 years of incremental review to earn the status, the highest IoPP offers.

Although UW-Stout offers an undergraduate package engineering program, Jedlicka is not a packaging engineer and lifetime certification for nonengineers is still fairly rare. Her focus is on package design, marketing, business and applied sustainability.

“I sought certification as a means to bring design and marketing onto the same level of serious discussion previously reserved for engineering,” Jedlicka said. “Good packaging gets the product to the store in one piece. Great packaging helps it fly off the shelves without trashing the environment to do that.”

Jedlicka is an advocate for professional certification in the packaging and graphic arts industries. “With the huge impact packaging and print outputs have on the environment, it's time each person working in industry steps up their game to make things better. Certification and ongoing professional development are very doable steps toward making 'better' a reality.”

Jedlicka was a contributing editor to two books on sustainable design, business and industry, has published numerous articles and worked with major corporate clients through her business, Jedlicka Design of Minneapolis founded in 1996.

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