Printing Class


32-credit Technical Diploma

Commercial printers are charged with producing a high volume of the printed pieces we come in contact with every day, such as magazines, newspapers, inserts, brochures, catalogues and advertising materials. In the Printing program, develop an understanding of the manufacturing process used in commercial printing. Learn image assembly; digital, lithographic and flexographic press operations; and those processes used to finish a piece prior to shipment to the customer. Learn multiple aspects of the print process including prepress, output and finishing.

  • Prepare for jobs such as pre-press technician, press operator, stitcher operator, folder operator or finisher.
  • The first-year curriculum in the 68-credit Printing and Publishing Associate of Applied Science Degree program is the same curriculum as the 33-credit Printing Technical Diploma program. With an additional year of study, students can earn their associate degree and develop advanced training in the field.
  • Courses are taught in the world-class Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center.
  • Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Apply for a scholarship that is offered each year to print majors.
  • Attend the largest printing and graphics tradeshow in North America and participate in field trips to area employers.
  • All graduating students are required to participate in the Graphics Portfolio Review.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $29,185

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Program Code 31-204-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 204-110 Print Media/Digital Pub I3  
 204-115 Digital Page Layout3  
 204-125 Flexography 13  
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+*
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 204-120 Print Media II3  
 204-121 Digital Illustration3  
 204-131 Image Editing/Photoshop3  
 890-108 Employment Success1  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 204-124 Internship - Printing1 *
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
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
804-123 Math w Business Apps 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no college credit agreements for Printing. 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.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Stephen Swanson

Stephen Swanson

Phone: 262.695.3449


  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Stout