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Wisconsin college receives GATF education award

Oct 15, 2001 12:00 AM

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Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) (Pewaukee, WI) is the recipient of the 2001 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence. First presented in 1993 by the Society of Fellow of GATF (Sewickley, PA), the Kagy Award recognizes an exemplary middle-school, high-school, or community-college graphics communication program.

Students enrolled in WCTC’s Printing & Publishing associate degree program learn the complete printing process, from basic layout and design to finishing. Conventional and digital publishing, color theory, film work and image assembly, plate making, scanning, press operations, finishing, distribution and estimating are part of the curriculum.

WCTC was also recognized for bringing together local printers, school systems, government and the Printing Industries of Wisconsin to supply and retain highly skilled workers in the eastern half of the state. Printers in that region were suffering from a shortage of skilled employees. WCTC worked with Waukesha County high schools and the University of Wisconsin--Stout to develop an educational model that allows for the seamless transfer of credit from high school to technical college and a four-year university, encouraging those educated in the graphic arts in Wisconsin to seek employment in the state.