Commercial Graphics Technician

Industrial Careers

About the Career

Computer technology has revolutionized the graphic communications industry, creating a demand for personnel with technically relevant skills. The industry is expanding at a rapid pace and includes a variety of processes that utilize information and images. Information and images are being created, manipulated, and converted to be used for print media, for the web, and for other new markets.

A variety of career paths are available to those that want to see their work in publications, on t-shirts and used in large format displays. Those that are more attracted to a hands-on environment will find an extremely diverse selection of options for employment. The graphics industry ranks as one of the largest small businesses in the United States; in the Columbia area, there are nearly 75 companies of varying size and focus that employ graduates of the Commercial Graphic Communications program.

Academic Programs

Commercial Graphics

Commercial graphics technicians provide critical support for the printing industry. This highly technical industry involves the production of forms, newspapers, packages, books, magazines, pamphlets and other print-related materials.

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Electronic Publishing Certificate

The Electronic Publishing certificate program provides students with beginning-level electronic publishing skills, providing students with entry-level skills for Commercial Graphics.

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Offset Prepress Techniques

THe Offset Pre-press Techniques certificate program provides students with the technical skills needed to perform entry-level pre-press applications in Commercial Graphics,

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