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graphic
communications &
printing

The Graphic Communications and Printing Technology
program provides a comprehensive understanding of the
printing process and related fields. The student receives
training in all major areas, with preparation to enter one of
several printing fields, depending on interest and ability.
Graduates with technical and mechanical interests find
employment in desktop publishing, pre-press, presswork, and
bindery operations. Skills in computer operations, electronics,
photography, chemistry, and physics will also be useful in
these areas.
Graduates with good English and math skills will find
employment in proofreading, estimating, production
planning, and sales. Those students with artistic talent may
enter layout and design, advertising, or commercial art.

62 * Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
A graduate of this program will be able to do the following:
* Recognize the major printing processes and their
products as well as the advantages of each process.
* Demonstrate the skills needed for entry-level positions
(as advanced trainees) in the following areas: layout
and design, copy preparation, desktop publishing,
film assembly and plate processing, direct-to-plate
applications, press operations, and bindery operations.
* Assess personal strengths and limitations in various
areas of the graphic arts.
* Demonstrate good work habits: Promptness to class,
willingness to work, and the ability to accept supervision.
* Demonstrate knowledge of equipment and use
appropriate safety precautions.
* Understand the various production departments and
the contributions each makes to the finished product.
* Write clear, concise, legible, and accurate technical
reports using standard grammatical English.
* Demonstrate skill in basic verbal communication.
* Solve basic math problems related to printing
operations.



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