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Indian Capital Technology Center.

INDIAN CAPITAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER (ICTC) District No. 4 is a technical school dedicated to preparing Oklahoma's youth and adults to become world-class, successful workers. ICTC was established to serve secondary students, postsecondary students, adults seeking to upgrade their skills and on-the-job trainees, as well as business and industry. It is comprised of four campuses, which are located in Muskogee, Sallisaw, Stilwell and Tahlequah.

ICTC has separate industry-based advisory committees for each of its programs or clusters of closely related programs, which helps the school document the need for a program, and ensures that the program has both adequate resources and a well-designed curriculum to provide students with the skills, knowledge and conduct necessary to successfully meet the needs of business and industry. According to Superintendent Thomas F. Stiles, the advisory committee is one of the principal means of ensuring meaningful business and industry participation in program creation and revision.

Among the options offered at ICTC is the graphic artist and printing production technician program, which is taught at the Muskogee campus and is intended to prepare students for immediate employment, advanced certifications, or further education. It is part of the Arts, Audio/ Video Technology and Communication Career Cluster and the Visual Arts Career Pathway, and it includes a NOCTI certification track. The program is accredited by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. It is also an accredited program of PrintED, which is administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), a national accreditation program based on industry standards for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Cheryl Miller completed a two-year program in graphic arts at ICTC, while still attending high school, and found she loved graphic arts and wanted to be a teacher one day. Today, after more than 20 years of experience in printing and publishing, she is the instructor for graphic communications on the Muskogee Campus. Miller has a Master of Science degree in Teaching, Learning and Leadership-Occupational Education, from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology-Graphic Arts, from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, as well as a certificate of competency in graphic imaging technology from NOCTI, and teaching certifications in both T&I education and technology education.

Students at ICTC can either complete the program in one year as full-time students or take two years to complete the major if they opt for the flexible track. The total hours of instruction are 1,050 and include courses such as Introduction to Graphic Communications, Computer Fundamentals, Typography, Design and Color Principles, and Drawing/Illustration. They also study digital page layout, digital image manipulation, digital file prep and digital file output. Other courses include copyright law, graphic design mathematics, screen printing, finishing operations, vinyl signage, professional and personal development, and workforce staging.

Students in the ICTC graphic artist and printing production technician program have the advantage of learning on the same computer hardware and design software as professional graphic artists, and they may also hone their skills through participation in Skills USA.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to be able to produce and deliver dynamic graphics for print and electronic communications, and the school's overall success would appear to back up those expectations. Through a college alliance with Connors State College, upon completion of the program, students can earn up to 30 college credit hours to be applied to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Applied Technology.

"We always have a positive placement rate," Stiles notes on the ICTC Web site. "The other students either enter college or are employed in an area unrelated to the program they were enrolled in. Many of our students take advantage of college credit agreements. They can receive college credit for attending Indian Capital. Some take advantage of the Senior Scholarship and attend Indian Capital after high school graduation. We are very proud of our placement rate." T

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For more information about Indian Capital Technology Center and its graphic artist and printing production technician program, visit

www.ictctech.com.
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