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


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


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
Green Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Print Technology technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
Photoshop Fundamentals
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Digital Illustration
10-111-161 DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION ...develop basic knowledge and skills using digital illustration software (i.e. 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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Principles of Digital Printing
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, Digital Illustration) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Math w Business Apps
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=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
College 101
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Digital Layout & Composition 1
10-111-125 DIGITAL 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, Digital Illustration; Corequisite: 10-111-101, Photoshop Fundamentals) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Variable Data Publishing
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, Digital Layout & Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Digital Print Applications
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; 10-804-123, Math w/Business Apps) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Wide Format Graphics
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
English Composition 1
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 =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
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

• 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.