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Print Technology Technical Diploma

Program Code: 312041

Print technology professionals utilize state-of-the-art output technology and skills to create high-end graphic solutions across multiple formats such as digital presses and wide format inkjet devices. As a Print Technology program graduate, you will be skilled in electronic pre-press operations, variable data publishing, digital color management, digital print applications, wide format inkjet output, wide format graphic installation, and a multiple finishing processes. Graduates have the opportunity for employment as digital print operators, wide format graphic technicians, wide format graphic/vinyl installers, electronic pre-press technicians, and post press operators.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Design and Graphic Technology, 101117

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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

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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).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Print Technology technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-111-101 PHOTOSHOP FUNDAMENTALS ...perform raster Image Editing. Course content covers functions of Adobe Photoshop. Create image selections, extractions and composite files using Adobe software, and apply common photo adjustments using fundamental design solutions, creating composite images.
10-111-161 ILLUSTRATOR FUNDAMENTALS ...develop basic knowledge and skills using Adobe Illustrator, apply vector graphic strategies into graphic design medias and integration into other software packages. Course content covers creating basic shapes, drawing, transforming elements, working with type, blending, layers and special effects.
10-204-110 PRINCIPLES OF DIGITAL PRINTING ...develop skills and knowledge associated with the printing industry, work hands-on with digital printing equipment to output projects. Course content covers identifying different print methods, typical print workflow, transitioning designs to printed media as well as begin to develop production-planning criteria. (Corequisite: 10-111-161, Illustrator Fundamentals)
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-102, Fundamentals of Math)
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
SECOND SEMESTER
10-111-125 LAYOUT & COMPOSITION 1 ...develop skills in digital composition and layout using industry software. Course content covers appropriate software selection, graphic and text content management, color specifications, file preparation, and software solutions to graphic communication problems. (Prerequisite: 10-111-161, Illustrator Fundamentals; Corequisite: 10-111-101, Photoshop Fundamentals)
10-204-124 VARIABLE DATA PUBLISHING ...develop skills in personalized page layout using industry software. Course content covers creating variable image and text channels, applying data to impact response rates to personalized layouts, mailing regulations, and dynamic personalization of content. (Corequisite: 10-111-125, Layout & Composition 1)
10-204-126 DIGITAL PRINT APPLICATIONS ...develop knowledge of the digital printing process, apply skills to full production level projects and challenges. Course content covers color management, automated workflows, cost estimating, troubleshooting and production scheduling. (Prerequisites: 10-204-110, Principles of Digital Printing; 10-804-134, Mathematical Reasoning)
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. (Corequisite: 10-204-110, Principles of Digital Printing)
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
28
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Prepare a file for Press/Output.
• Run a press.
• Perform post-press operations.

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