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Printing Technology, A.A.S.

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Blue Ridge Community and Technical College can customize this Associate of Applied Science degree for employers. Certificate programs requiring 30 credits for completion are also available.

Goals of the Technical Studies Program

  • To increase the abilities of employees to use technology effectively and responsibly.
  • To increase abilities of employees to communicate information effectively through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • To develop employee’s abilities to solve problems through understanding, reasoning, research, and productive teamwork.
  • To assist those employed in the workforce to understand that education is a life-long process.
  • Degree programs implemented under this degree designation will include instruction consistent with the following components and categories.

This program is only for individuals whose employer is working with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to ensure completion of this degree

Program Overview

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (Blue Ridge CTC) and The Community and Technical College at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (CTC Tech) formed an Access Through Partnership agreement to offer courses for the Printing Technology degree.

For purposes of this agreement, the following definitions are provided:

  • Degree-granting institution: The institution that has the authority to grant the specific certificate or associate degree outlined in the partnership agreement.
  • Home Institution: The institution in which the student initially enrolls for general education or transfer specialization courses.
  • Access through Partnership Program (ATP): The agreed-upon certificate or associate degree transfer program.
  • Specialization courses: Discipline-specific courses designed for the certificate or associate degree.
  • Transfer Credit: Grades of “C” or better in agreed-upon courses.

Students enrolled in the Access Through Partnership program will: Meet prerequisite requirements for courses as specified in each courses, register for general education and specialization courses offered at their respective home institutions as outlined in the partnership agreement, complete a transfer to the degree-granting institution within 15 hours of anticipated graduation from the program, and conduct a graduation check with the registrar upon transfer to the degree granting institution.

Program Description

The associate of science degree in Printing Technology is designed to provide quality technical education to prepare technicians for the rapidly changing printing industry. The student will receive training in all of the basic skills required of the printing industry, and upon completion of the two-year program, should be qualified to enter the industry in a junior supervisory capacity directly responsible to the plant manager or supervisor. For the student wishing to pursue the plus-two baccalaureate Printing Management degree program, offered by WVU Tech, the associate program offers a well-rounded basis for advanced study.

Program Objectives

In addition to the learning outcomes set forth in the general education core curriculum for the associate degree, specific outcomes for this program have been established.

Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree in Printing Technology the student will be able to: design and prepare copy for publication, utilize desktop publishing software common to the printing industry, apply appropriate color theory to design and copy, appropriately bind and finish a printed document, and apply appropriate management skills for technical workers.

Access Through Partnership Agreement Printing Technology

Degree-Granting Institution: Community and Technical College at WVU Tech
Degree: Associate of Science, Printing Technology

Curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science in Printing Technology

Total Credit Hours Required 64

Transfer Equivalency Courses

CTC Tech Core

  • ECON 231 - Principles of Econ I (3)
  • ECON 232 - Principles of Econ II (3)
  • ENGL 202 - Bus Professional Writing (3)
  • GNET 100 - CTC Tech Orientation (1)
  • Humanities (Culture Diversity) (3)
  • Recommended to meet the Cultural Diversity and humanities sequence requirement.

  • LAB SCIENCE Elective (4)
  • MATH 040 - Math (ACT 19 or Better) (3)

  • Subtotal Credit Hours Required 20 or 23

Courses Required from CTC Tech

PRNT course descriptions are listed in WVU Tech. Catalog.

  • PRNT 111 - Intro to Printing (4)
  • PRNT 112 - Paper and Ink (3)
  • PRNT 114 - Intro to Computers (1)
  • PRNT 115 - Text and Type (1)
  • PRNT 116 - Intro to Page Layout (1)
  • PRNT 125 - Photography (Digital and/or Darkroom) (1)
  • PRNT 126 - Electronic Image Capture (1)
  • PRNT 127 - Image Reproduction (1)
  • PRNT 131 - Sheetfed Press (4)
  • PRNT 134 - Graphics Creation (1)
  • PRNT 135 - Page Layout II (1)
  • PRNT 136 - Acrobat/PDFs Basic (1)
  • PRNT 141 - Color Models and Usage (1)
  • PRNT 142 - Intro to Photoshop (1)
  • PRNT 143 - Color Workflow & Management (1)
  • PRNT 145 - Safety/Environmental Issues (2)
  • PRNT 216 - Webfed Press (4)
  • PRNT 217 - Color Reproduction (3)
  • PRNT 231 - Flexography (3)
  • PRNT 235 - Database for Printers (1)
  • PRNT 238 - Bindery and Finishing (3)
  • PRNT 241 - Newspaper Operation (2)
  • PRNT - Print Specialization (3)
    Students select area of specialization from PRNT 251 Color or PRNT 255 Web Press
  Subtotal Credit Hours Required 24

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