Keeping Print Alive
Rivera admits that teaching college courses and running the in-plant is a "quick recipe to burn out." However, he enjoys working with students and preparing the next generation of printing professionals.
"Dinosaurs like me who teach production, our days are numbered," he says with a laugh. "I try to apply real world examples and bring into the classroom what I have done in real life. And I think the students appreciate that."
Rivera proudly reports that he has successfully trained student workers, who typically stay at the in-plant for several years, learning everything from prepress to offset printing. The shop currently has two student employees.
Three of Rivera's former student in-plant workers have found jobs in the graphic arts industry. He plans on hiring another for a newly created part-time position that will allow the in-plant to offer evening hours.
"Campus Graphics is only as good as the people that work here," Rivera maintains. "We have a very dedicated staff that puts out quality work, and that is not a reflection on one person. It really is a team effort."
Outside of work, Rivera relaxes by fishing for halibut, sea bass and salmon in the Pacific Ocean. He and his wife of 16 years, Candice, live in a ranch-style home they designed and built.