Ferris State University Printing and Imaging Technology


John Conati



Professor John Conati has been a faculty member in the Printing and Digital Imaging Management program since 1990. Conati has earned three different degrees; Printing Technology, Industrial Studies, and a Masters Degree in Career and Occupational Education.

His areas of specialization are in digital prepress, workflow and project management.Professor Conati is adept in digital imposition, color management, RIP and MIS workflow, variable data printing, web-to-print, cross media marketing, digital printing, multimedia, and all of the creative suite applications. Prior to 1990, Conati’s graphic communication experience consist of three years teaching high school vocational printing, one year as an industrial trainer, and over seven years of print production.

Patrick Klarecki



Pat Klarecki has been a faculty member at Ferris State University for 20 years and has served in numerous administrative positions from Department Head to Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. Pat graduated from Ferris State’s Printing Management program in 1983, he then completed a Masters Degree in Career and Occupational Education in 1995 and an MBA in Quality Process Improvement in 2006.

Upon graduation in 1983 he joined Valassis Communications where he held a number of management positions including Prepress, Press Supervisor, Manager of Estimating and Customer Service Operations. Klarecki came to Ferris in 1992. He is a strong advocate for the Graphic Communication Industry.

Klarecki Serves on the boards of directors for the Graphic Art Education Research Foundation, the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications Inc. and the Print and Graphics Scholarship Trust Fund.

He is a frequent consultant to the printing industry in the areas of Marketing and Lean Process Improvement and is the Chief Technical Expert in Print Media Technology for the WorldSkills organization. Pat’s passion is working with young adults to build successful careers in the Graphic Communications Industry.