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Print Technology Program Code 312041

Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Print Technology program trains students in pre-press operations, offset presswork, computer-to-plate imaging, finishing processes, electronic publishing, and digital print applications.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Digital Output Operator: produces print communication using digital output devices and computer workflow systems. Manages print quality on full color and monochrome projects.

Offset/Press Operator: sets up, prepares and operates presses; loads paper, installs printing plates, adjusts guides and control for machine operations.

Offset/Press Assistant: prepares press for run; runs press proof; adjusts plate, paper feed, tension of paper; ink and water flow.

Large Format Output Operator: produce large format signage on different substrates.

Bindery/Finishing Operator: operates machines that cut, fold, collate, staple, stitch, trim, and bind pages.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Graphic Designer
. Pre-Press Technician
. Print Production Supervisor/Manager
. Estimator
. Pre-Flight Specialist
. Customer Service Representative

Program Outcomes

. Analyze jobs for operations and materials costs.
. Perform electronic pre-press operations.
. Lay out jobs and generate CTP (computer-to-plate) production.
. Create press proofs.
. Set up and operate digital printing presses.
. Maintain a safe work environment.
. Create machine operation procedures.
. Pre-flight jobs for various printing processes.
. Perform finishing operations on printed jobs.
. Set-up and operate wide format inkjet equipment.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Communication skills.
. Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements).
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program benchmarks are Arithmetic, 65; Reading Comprehension, 55: Sentence Skills, 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Print Technology technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-111-120 Macintosh Publishing
3
10-111-161 Macintosh Illustration
3
10-204-110 Publishing Technologies
3
10-204-111 Digital Publishing Operations
3
10-804-123 Math w Business Apps
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER

10-111-101 Macintosh-Image Editing
3
10-111-125 Graphic Reproduction Tech
3
10-204-124 Variable Data Publishing
3
10-204-126 Digital Print Applications
3
10-204-130 Wide Format Graphics
3
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18

TOTAL CREDITS
34

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirement.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-111-101 MACINTOSH-IMAGE EDITING ...(Adobe Photoshop + Adobe Acrobat) scanning, editing, color correcting and creating composite montage photographs. Prepare images for publication in print. An introduction to manipulating bitmap images.

10-111-120 MACINTOSH PUBLISHING ...develop page layout concepts utilizing document files, tools, guides, objects and shapes, text, colors, style sheets, images, master pages; manage output for printing; and apply copy elements.

10-111-125 GRAPHIC REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES ...basic process of reproducing images using offset lithography including electronic imaging, preflighting, trapping concepts, imposition, and collect for output. (Prerequisite: 10-111-120, Macintosh Publishing)

10-111-161 MACINTOSH ILLUSTRATION ...create and paint basic shapes, draw, transform objects, work with type, blend shapes and colors, work with layers, special effects, and color separations. An introduction to manipulating vector based images.

10-204-110 PUBLISHING TECHNOLOGIES ...introduction to printing process, electronic publishing, prepress operations, press operations, postpress operations, job logs, professional portfolios, and job seeking skills. (Corequisite:10-111-120, Macintosh Publishing)

10-204-111 DIGITAL PUBLISHING OPERATIONS ...press equipment, processors, inks, print quality, job tickets, standard operating procedures, densitometers, printing problems, and trapping situations. (Corequisite: 10-204-110, Publishing Technologies)

10-204-124 VARIABLE DATA PUBLISHING ...learn how to link database files to page layout applications. Create and manage correct variable channels in page layouts, apply text and image changes to layout to create a personalized printed page, research how the information is gathered to create personalized content. (Prerequisites: 10-111-120, Macintosh Publishing)

10-204-126 DIGITAL PRINT APPLICATIONS ...explain why the industry is in a state of transition towards digital printing; outline the proper time to select digital printing as a production tool; what type of project fits well into a digital print environment; identify what type of project fits the mold of digital printing. (Prerequisite: 10-204-110, Publishing Technologies; 10-804-123, Math w Business Apps)

10-204-130 WIDE FORMAT GRAPHICS ...successfully set-up and pre-flight electronic files for large format output; accurately produce large format graphics for both indoor and outdoor usage including finishing processes; install vinyl graphics on multiple surfaces. (Prerequisite: 10-204-110 Publishing Technologies)

10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS ...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.