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Oce Partners With Junior Achievement South Florida To Enhance Education

TRUMBULL, Conn., Oct. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oce, a Canon Group Company and an international leader in digital document management, today announced an exciting collaboration that will help young people gain valuable insights into the world of work and financial literacy.

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Oce joined forces with Junior Achievement (JA) South Florida to help provide life-changing educational experiences both in the classroom and at JA's new JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College.

For fifth and eighth graders, the program culminates in a one-day once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides real-world insights into the world of business and economic realities. Fifth graders participate in JA BizTown, while eighth graders partake in JA Finance Park.

Every day throughout the school year, volunteers guide 400 area children through these "mini-cities," each of which features 18 public and private businesses. Finance Park participants visit each business and use the information they receive to create their own personal budget. In BizTown, kids are assigned to specific jobs and receive a "paycheck" for their efforts, which can then be spent at one of the other storefronts.

Oce Provides Support in Two Ways As part of its community outreach, Oce donated the printing of 80,000 perforated checks for BizTown and Finance Park participants. It also volunteered to print additional collateral for JA South Florida, including teacher guides and student workbooks, as well as tickets, invitations and other materials for key fundraising events. The majority of these are printed on the Oce VarioPrint® 6000 Ultra Series and the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP color series.

"We recognized this would be a really great way to give back to the community," said Francis McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Printing Systems division of Oce North America, a Canon Group company. "It also served as an opportunity to demonstrate Oce's broad product portfolio's ability to produce high-end, high-quality pieces."

But Oce didn't stop there. Partnering with the Sun Sentinel newspaper to sponsor two BizTown storefronts, Oce donated a Canon 5150 printer and two Canon cameras to each of the storefronts, along with the toner and service on the printers. Children assigned to work at the Oce /Sun Sentinel storefront take the pictures and write the stories that appear in a daily newspaper which is then made available for purchase by other participants. Thanks to Oce, the resulting newspaper is a high-quality full-color souvenir of an unforgettable day.

"Everything Oce has done has been amazing," said Jodi Danois, director of development, Junior Achievement of South Florida. "They get the big picture. They see the value. They are just awesome to work with!"

About the Oce VarioPrint 6000 Ultra SeriesThe Oce VarioPrint® 6000 Ultra Series delivers breakthrough results at break-neck speed, offering a single source solution for a variety of job types with the fastest turnaround on the market. Boasting offset-like quality with dazzling image resolution, the Oce VarioPrint® 6000 Ultra Series provides a cost-effective printing solution in even the most demanding environments. Couple that with Oce's expert service and support, and the result is an ultra-high-speed digital perfecting system that exceeds expectations.

The Oce VarioPrint® 6000 Ultra Series boasts four models: the Oce VarioPrint® 6320 Ultra, the Oce VarioPrint®6250 Ultra, the Oce VarioPrint®6200 Ultra and the Oce VarioPrint®6160 Ultra. The duplex printer series takes monochrome speed to new heights for commercial printers, corporate in-plant, and Transactional Printing (TP) environments, as well as for highly sensitive, negotiable financial documents ( MICR).

About the Canon imagePRESS C7010VPS Color SeriesThe Canon imagePRESS C7010VPS digital color printing press teams Canon digital color technology with Oce PRISMAsync workflow management software to deliver flowing productivity, impressive color and a world of new printing possibilities. Together, a built-to-last design, generous capacity, exceptional throughput and Oce PRISMAsync operation and workflow efficiencies help make the most of every resource. Innovative dual-fusing technology maintains a steady speed of 4,500 images per hour on all supported media.

About Junior Achievement South Florida Founded locally in 1959 by the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, Junior Achievement South Florida has grown to become the largest JA facility in the world, serving nearly 50,000 students from Broward and South Palm Beach counties each year. Using a mixture of classroom and experiential learning, JA bolsters young people's knowledge of business and financial literacy, while stressing the relevance of education and the need to stay in school. Based in Coconut Creek, Fla., the nonprofit organization receives no government funding. Donations provided the funding for JA World Huizenga Center, a 59,000-square-foot building on the grounds of Broward College which not only houses JA's experiential learning facilities, but also serves as a meeting place for adult and youth entrepreneurship and educational endeavors. Its accommodations can be rented out for social gatherings or business meetings, thus raising crucial funds for JA.

About OceOce is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Oce offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Oce is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Oce customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Oce is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. Oce North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL. For more information, visit www.oce.com.

Oce and Canon: Stronger togetherIn 2010 Oce joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 198,000 employees worldwide. Global net sales in 2011 totalled USD 45.6 billion. Visit the Canon Inc. website at www.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011* and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, for the ninth consecutive year, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability. Committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, Canon U.S.A. provides 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

*Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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