Program Spotlight- Graphic Communications
Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Atticks
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
“Working with the Large Format Printer for banners, cling-ons etc.”
What are some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?
“Technology in our field has become more and more digital. Customers are requesting jobs with lower quantities and color. Students must review files and formats to complete this work.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“Many times throughout the year, students have projects they are working on. This also provides teachable moments for the students.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get a foot in the door?
“Employers seek students who are detail-oriented and have good trouble-shooting skills.”
What are some of the more common career pathways your student take when they leave CPAVTS?
“There are many who go on to a two year trade school or begin work in an entry level position with small to large graphics shops.”
What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?
“Measuring. I am not sure why, but if I had to take an educated guess, I’d say that they learn measuring early in school, but then don’t spend more time on it or practice it regularly.”
How many years have you been at CPAVTS? What was your experience before coming here to teach?
“Thirty years. I graduated from Dauphin County AVTS, and went to work for ITT Terryphone, in their in-house printing area. I then went to Innovative Ink to work in the quick print world. I learned how small businesses operate. Following my time there, I took a job at the Hummelstown Sun Newspaper, supervising the printing department. Before coming to CPAVTS, I worked for the Democratic House of Representatives Printing Department.”
What advice would you give students who have completed your program?
“They should always continue to learn. It is important, especially in our field with creative upgrades of software and machinery.”
Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.
“In my shop, I learn the ins and outs of digital and offset printing.”
“How to operate presses and use computer programs for design purposes.”
“We learn about graphic design, printing, and how to take care of customers.”
What is the hardest part of your program?
“The Folding Machine and the collating.”
“Measuring and math.”
What is the most fun part of your program?
“Designing digital files.”
“Working on and designing business cards.”
What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?
“I have been using Illustrator and IN Design, to create ads.”
“Working on a Two Color Ink Press.”
“The Industrial Laminator and the Vinyl Printer.”
What is your plan for after high school?
“Plan A- I would go to Thaddeus Stevens College, if I am accepted or Plan B- I would apply for a job in the printing industry.”
“Enter the workforce by getting a job at Hot Frog.”
“Apply and hopefully get accepted into the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.”
What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
“Working with the Wide Format Printer.”
“I would like to design a banner and create a 3D object.”
“When we do our next lesson on Photography and Photoshop.”
“Making banners on the new machine.”
What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?
“That I am learning to perform a public service.”
“To finally be able to work well at operating a Press Machine.”
“Designing and making ads and business cards, especially the cards for my school.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“Working with the press, working with copy center jobs and designing ads.”
“Design daily/weekly ads, assist others on projects, and help run print jobs at the Copy Center, for the entire school.”
How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?
“It is a more hands-on atmosphere. The tasks you perform create things.”
“You work hands-on and you manage projects on your own time.”
“Learning how to use the machinery is essential to working on the assignments/projects.”
What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrollment?
“Don’t ever fall behind on your work. Deadlines matter.”
“I hope you are good with computers and machinery. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.”
“There is always room for improvement.”
“Come with creativity and a basic understanding of math and measurement, because you will need both; be a hard worker.”
Step-By-Step process one Graphic Communications student used, to create Invitation Cards for the Open House event this year.
“The first thing I did when designing the Open House Cards, was to look at the card from the previous year. I used it for reference. For continuity, I stuck with a similar design, while making quite a few revisions to make it my own.”
“When I had the card design and layout exactly how I wanted it, it was time to make copies. I used a Two Color Press using CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK) ink colors to print.” (9000 Copies)
“After printing, it’s time to cut the copies, and then proceed to mailing where we place addresses on them. I used a Mailing Machine to stamp addresses on the cards. The cards were then mailed to all current students at CPAVTS, and all students potentially interested in attending CPAVTS in the next few years.”