Graphics Technology

Connecticut Technical High School System's Graphics Technology course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Graphics Technology

Grade 10

3 Credits
Graphic Communication Fundamentals

Grade 11

3 Credits
Graphic Communication Production

Grade 12

3 Credits
Graphic Communication Advanced Processes

Course Descriptions*

Exploratory and Introduction to Graphics Technology (GT110)
Students deciding to enter the field of Graphics Technology are instructed in trade-specific safety. They will participate in inside production work that is related to the curriculum. They are introduced to the basic concepts of product layout, various methods of reproduction and the offset printing process. Students will be introduced to the legal restrictions of the printing industry. They receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices.

Graphic Communication Fundamentals (GT210)
In Grade 10, students receive instruction and demonstrate skills in the offset printing process, fundamentals of type, typesetting, page layout, proofreading, line photography, image assembly, plate making, press and bindery. They continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students may participate in in-school graphics projects for customers as related to the curriculum.

Graphic Communication Production (GT310)
In Grade 11, students receive instruction and demonstrate skills in intermediate typesetting, the design of multicolor documents, multicolor pre-press, multicolor press operation, press part identification, press operation, bindery, basic paper type and grades and electronic imaging. They continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. They will participate in school graphics projects for customers. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Graphic Communication Advanced Processes (GT410)
In Grade 12, students receive instruction and demonstrate skills in how to estimate jobs, advanced typesetting, color theory, the characteristics of paper grades, advanced press operation and advanced bindery operation. They will participate in in-school graphics project for customers. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL). Each student will take the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute exam, which is a performance-based test.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year graphics design degree at colleges and universities or go on to a four-year degree in graphics design. Students can obtain immediate employment in the graphics field. Jobs include: layout assistant, pre-press production, advertising and quality control. Students graduating from Graphics Technology also find success in the military in fields such as communications and public affairs.

* Some courses may not be offered at every school.

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford
Beginning, Friday, July 7, 2017 the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) will start relocating their Middletown office to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. The move will spread out over the next three business days with staff members arriving on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. We will have limited email and telephone communication during this transition. Despite the new street address, all CTHSS phone numbers will remain the same. The postal services will forward any mail sent to the old Middletown address. Visitors to the new building can park on site. Visitors must sign in at the security guard’s desk with photo identification.  Learn more

Free Summer Meals!

Free Summer Meals!
What are "Summer Meals?" The federal Summer Meals Programs provide nutritious meals to kids and teens at no cost to them at hundreds of locations throughout Connecticut during the summer months when school meals are unavailable.  Learn more

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award
Oliver Wolcott Technical High School's Sophomore Christina Thompson was selected as a finalist for UCONN's Connecticut Writing Project. Her original fiction piece entitled "Dream Life" received an honorable mention award and a listing in the Connecticut Student Writers Magazine (CSW).  Learn more

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward
The One-Read committee, which consists of students from grades 9-12 as well as Social Studies and English teachers, at Bullard-Havens promoted kindness, unity, and acceptance school-wide after reading the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Student and teacher committee members read the book, participated in a filmed book discussion, and came up with ways to promote the book and its themes that would include the entire school.  Learn more

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll
Mrs. Alecia Walkuski, English and Language Arts Lab Teacher at Vinal Technical High School, earned this distinction by guiding effective implementation of Renaissance Accelerated Reader®. Accelerated Reader engages K–12 students in independent reading practice at the unique levels K–12 students need in order for them to grow—from foundational skills to grade-level standards.  Learn more

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program
On May 11, 2017, a dinner and awards program will be held at Abbott Tech to recognize the Class of 2017 Electrical Seniors. Last year's event featured a guest speaker and program on "Indoor and Outdoor L.E.D. Lighting Products and Applications from RAB Lighting."  Learn more

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!
Ellis Tech Wrestling Team wins state championship- first in school's history!  Learn more

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships
Steven Torres, a 10th grader at Grasso, recently won first place in the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships in Kansas. He now begins boxing his way toward the Junior Olympic Team. We are very proud of him. Not only is he a great boxer, he is a great kid!  Learn more

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition
Prince Tech Engineering students took third place in their first showing in the Real World Design Challenge.  Learn more

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition
Daria Stifel became the first female to win gold in the SkillsUSA Electrical Engineering competition!  Learn more

Community open houses hosted across the state

Community open houses hosted across the state
Links to photo galleries and news stories about our recent community open houses held across the state!  Learn more

Student Workforce

 Student Workforce
CTHSS students can help you with your next big project! A wide range of services are offered across a variety of trades programs.  Learn more