Print Technology / Graphic Imaging

Business cards, catalogs, custom T-shirts — all of these everyday items are products of the graphic communication industry. In our Print Technology/Graphic Imaging program, students explore this multifaceted industry as they learn about graphic design, print production and more.

While working in teams to move projects from inception to fulfillment, students are introduced to the following concepts and skills:

  • Color theory, typography, layout, design process and their multimedia applications
  • Designing with Adobe® applications, including Photoshop®, Illustrator® and InDesign®
  • Operating a five-color offset press, a two-color offset press, a folder, a cutter, a booklet maker, etc.
  • Operating a platesetter, a digital press powered by Fiery® software, a poster printer, etc.

The program lab doubles as a full-service print shop outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment manufactured by C.P. Bourg, GBC, Heidelberg, HP, Konica Minolta, Microtek, Ryobi and other industry-preferred brands. Students hone their skills by churning out everything from letterhead and envelopes to calendars and posters for Lehigh County schools, governments and nonprofit organizations.

Students also produce keychains, mugs, T-shirts and more as they explore 3D printing, dye sublimation, foil stamping, screen printing, vinyl cutting and other print processes. Inventory control, production costs, quality control and workplace safety are important elements of the program, too.

Industry Credentials

Print Technology/Graphic Imaging students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • PrintED®/SkillsUSA Student Certification
  • Adobe Certified Associate via Certiport®
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Print Technology/Graphic Imaging students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

Career Pathways

with industry credentials:

  • Bindery operator
  • Production associate
  • Screen printer

with associate degree:

  • Desktop publisher
  • Prepress technician
  • Printing press operator

with bachelor’s degree:

  • Art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Production manager


Teacher: William Purcell


Counselor: Regina Naradko

Phone: 610-799-1344

CIP Code: 10.0399

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Print Technology/Graphic Imaging program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Christmas City Printing
  • Lehigh Print & Data
  • The Morning Call
  • Nacci Printing Inc.

Student Organizations

Print Technology/Graphic Imaging students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • SkillsUSA

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