Design and Digital Print Related Classroom

Design and Digital Print Technologies

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.

DDPT is designed to provide students with the necessary experience and skills to be successful in the field of graphic communications and create a great digital portfolio.

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Our Instructor

Ralph Ash, Level I & II Instructor
ashr@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.1980 x764

What We Do in DDPT

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Overview

  • Learn the major concepts of the graphic arts & communication industry.

  • Work with outside clients to design and complete their order.

  • Become proficient in using Adobe Design software for design.

  • Practice printing techniques like digital, offset, two and four-color printing.

  • Set-up and operate printing equipment.

  • Screen print t-shirts and other materials.

  • Design and develop signage projects.

  • Create, print, and apply vinyl graphics

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

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Career Development

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Career Pathways

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 Manufactures

  • In-house Design and Printing Departments: Corporations, Banks, Universities, Hospitals, and even Retail Operations

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

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Students who qualify have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year. All three programs allow students to work within their career field while attending school on a modified schedule, so you they gain skills, experience and competitive wages.

Learn more here!

Career Advancement Center

College & Advanced Education

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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

  • GAERF

  • Printing Industries of America

Certifications & Credentials Available

  • PrintED

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Photoshop

Finding Your Success

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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 and her Graphic for Competition

Christina Crosby was the National Runner-up in Graphic Communications at the 2018 Skills USA Competition! 

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