Design and Digital Print Technologies

Design and Digital Print Technologies


Print is Everywhere - Have you Noticed?

Graphic Communications is a broad term for all of the industries involved in reproducing an image. The image – be it words, a photograph, or illustration – is produced on paper or a variety of other media so that the message has a widespread audience.

The Design and Digital Print Technologies program is fully certified by the Printing Industries of America (PIA) and is designed to provide students with the necessary experience and skills required for entry-level positions in the field of graphic communications and create a great digital portfolio for college.

Home of Skills USA Champions

The 2015, 2016, and 2017 State Champions and National Finalists were from this in-demand program.
A total of 20 students have won medals at state SkillsUSA graphic communications and leadership contests, and 6 students have competed nationally!
Christina Crosby was the National Runner-up in Graphic Communications at the 2018 Skills USA Competition! 

Level I (Juniors)

First-year students develop basic skills in: 
  • Offset Printing
  • Set-up and Operation of Printing Equipment
  • Tool Use
  • Computer Skills, Including Adobe InDesign

These skills are demonstrated through classroom assignments, printing projects, and competency testing.

Level II (Seniors)

Second-year students work with:
  • Patronage Accounts
  • In-house Printing
  • Screen Printing
  • Two and Four-Color Printing
  • Computer Design using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

Career Development

Students who qualify, have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year.
  • School-to-Apprentice Program
  • Advanced Placement
  • Early Placement

All of these programs allow students to be in the workforce while attending school on a modified schedule, so you can earn while you learn.


Mr. Tony TrappApprenticeship Coordinator 

Mrs. Naomi BakerCareer Placement Specialist   


Career Opportunities

There are many avenues that you can pursue after the DDPT program. Here area a few industries and companies where our students have found employment. 

  • Printers
  • Publishers
  • Packagers
  • Paper and Ink Makers
  • Sign Companies
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • In-house Design and Printing Departments
    • Corporations, Banks, Universities, Hospitals, and even Retail Stores

Industry Stats

The on-going demand for printed products and constant advances in technology have increased the number and variety of careers available within the industry. Employees are currently needed in all areas: 
  • Graphic Designer:  $21.16 - $26.26/hr  | $54,620/yr
  • Advertising & PR Services:  $24.60 - $25.92/hr  |  $53,900/yr
  • Printing Press Operator:  $20.14 - $29.96/hr  |  $61,520/yr
  • Customer Service:  $14.39 - $22.36/hr  |  $46,510/yr
  • Bindery Operator:  $15.49 - $28.03/hr  |  $58,300/yr
  • Pre-press Technician:  $17.36 - $25.15/hr  |  $53,500/yr

Advanced Educational Opportunities

Over 120 schools offer post-secondary Graphic Communication programs, covering everything from internships to one, two, and four-year degrees. Area schools with these programs include:

  • Sinclair Community College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Wright State University
  • Clark State Community College
  • Ball State University

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Sinclair Tech Prep
  • Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation
  • Printing Industries of America

Certifications & Credentials Available

  • PrintED
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop

Our Instructor

Ralph Ash, Level I & II Instructor
937.778.1980 x764

Career Technical Student Organization

All students in this program are also members of the Upper Valley Career Center Skills USA Chapter.

Skills USA Mission:
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
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