The variety of printed products is endless; books, newspapers, brochures, greeting cards, stamps and money, business forms, advertisements, manuals, and maps, fabrics, and so much more. Learn how all of these products are produced -- from the drawing board, to the printing press, screen printing, dye-sublimation or large format printing and finally to the customer. Graphic Communications is the "life blood" of our society.
|Special Class Features and Certifications
This program is nationally certified by PrintEd/SkillsUSA. National PrintEd/SkillsUSA Certification is offered in the areas of:
- Graphic Communications
- Screen Printing Technology
Advertising and Design
- Digital File Preparation/Digital File Output
- Offset Press Operations/Binding & Finishing
Student Organizations & Competitions
Students have the opportunity to become members in the following organizations:
- SkillsUSA allows students to demonstrate their occupational and leadership skills. Students have the opportunity to attend and compete at three levels: regional, state, and national.
- MITES (Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society) encourages and recognizes fine craftsmanship in the field of industry, technology, and career and technical education in the state of Michigan. Students have the opportunity to attend and compete at two levels: regional and state.
To learn more visit Student Organizations.
Following one or two years in this program, you may continue working in the following areas: journalism, commercial printer, newspaper ad designer, in-house printing, book publisher, desktop publisher, process photographer, press operator, bindery person, screen printer, or creative designer.
To prepare for more advanced careers in the Visual Imaging field, you may continue your education at a community college, four-year, college, or specialty school .
|College Credit and Articulation
One of the ways the Tuscola Technology Center is able to help students make the successful transition from high school to college is by offering articulated college credit. The technical skills and knowledge a student learns can save tuition fees, shorten the time a student spends in college and reduces the duplication of courses at the college level. To receive articulated credit a student needs good grades, good attendance and be able to demonstrate that they have the maturity to bypass the college level courses.
Students have the opportunity to earn college credit with several Michigan Colleges. Colleges participating in the articulation relating to Graphic Communications include: Baker College, Davenport University, and Delta College.
|Colleges to Continue Graphics Communications
- Alpena Community College
- Baker College - Flint
- Center for Creative Studies
- Central Michigan University
- Delta College
- Ferris State University
- Henry Ford Community College
- Kirtland Community College
- Lansing Community College
- Macomb County Community College
- Michigan State University
- Mott Community College
- Northern Michigan University
- Oakland Community College
- Saginaw Valley State University
- University of Michigan
- Washtenaw Community College
- Western Michigan University
|Work Placement Opportunities
Work experience and internships in area businesses are a highlight of this program. Second year students are given an opportunity to complete co-op experiences. Students have the opportunity to obtain co-op experiences with commercial printers, newspapers, screen printers, quick printers, and in-plant printer businesses.
The Tuscola Technology Center is fortunate to have community and business leaders involved in the success of our students.
The committee members are professionals in business and industry as well as counselors and teachers from Tuscola County. Their input is vital in assuring that our students receive industry standard instruction in their field of study.