Commercial Printing

24-credit Technical Certificate

Learn the skills needed to operate sheet-fed offset printing equipment. Develop skills with small format presses and move to middle and larger format press equipment. Learn to use and work with densitometers, spectrodensitometers, spectrophotometers, tone reproduction control software and color measurement software. This certificate provides opportunities for those already working in the printing industry to cross train or expand their knowledge and skills in press operations.

Some credits earned in the Commercial Printing short-term certificate program may be applied toward degree and diploma programs in the Graphic Communications area within WCTC’s School of Applied Technologies.

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 204-110 Print Media/Digital Pub I3  
 204-115 Digital Page Layout3  
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 204-120 Print Media II3  
 204-125 Flexography 13  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 204-131 Image Editing/Photoshop3  
 204-134 Color Management3  
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 204-121 Digital Illustration3  
 204-132 Integrated Digital Production3  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

204-115 Digital Page Layout 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no college credit agreements for Commercial Printing Certificate. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.