Graphic Communications is a creative process, often involving a client and a designer that rely on printers, sign makers, etc. to provide consistent results. The purpose of graphic communications is to distribute a message to a targeted audience. In this program, students will gain experience with Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications, operate the school print shop, and provide copier management for the school. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for an entry-level position or to pursue post-secondary education.

Technical Skills:

Graphic design fundamentals * Digital output production • Screen printing operation • Offset press operation
• Wide-format printing/ Vinyl signage • Specialty graphic imaging

Professional Skills:

Communication • Teamwork • Time management • Customer service

Career Opportunities or Field Positions:

Graphic Designer • Digital Media • Printing Press Operator • Vinyl Decal Printer and Installer • Screen Printer
• Digital Output Operator

What Certifications can I earn?

Adobe Certified Associate – Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop • Adobe Certified Associate – Graphic Design and Illustration using Adobe Illustrator • Adobe Certified Associate – Print and Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign • OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification • Forklift Operator Certification • Certified Tourism Ambassador Certification

What College Credits can I earn?

Click here for information on how you can earn college credits while in your Career Tech program.

Program Requirements & Expectations:

Students should possess strong spelling and typing skills, along with the ability of converting fractions to decimals and strong measurement skills.

Uniform Requirements:

A CareerTech grey or blue t-shirt is required. In addition, the following CareerTech items may also be purchased: Polo, ¼ zip sweatshirt (special order), sweatshirt, zip fleece, or flannel, (no hoodies). Uniforms may be purchased online or at the school store.

Jeans or khakis without holes. No pants with straps or chains permitted.

No open toe shoes or baggy clothing are permitted.

Long hair must be tied back when operating machinery. Bangs that cover the eye must be pulled back.

Students may not wear necklaces, bracelets, rings, loose watches, and dangling earrings. Snug fitting watches are encouraged to be worn to learn time management skills.

Aprons are available to help protect clothing when working with equipment.

Out-of-Pocket costs:

School uniform

Student Organizations?

Students may join the SkillsUSA student organization. This club brings students who share common interests together for an exchange of ideas and the opportunity to work towards a common purpose. It offers students recognition through a national program of awards and contests and seeks to cultivate excellence in leadership and in their technical skills. Visit for more information.

What else should I know?

This program is ideal for students who are problem solvers, have digital design experience, are mechanically inclined, able to operate equipment, and have spatial and color awareness.

Bryan Hawbecker

Mr. Hawbecker is a CareerTech alumnus of the Graphics Arts program. His industry experience includes managing an in-plant printing facility. He is an Adobe Creative Educator, Leadership Franklin County graduate, and a Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau. Mr. Hawbecker contributes over 20 years of teaching at CareerTech.