January 19, 2015 | The Texarkana Arkansas Career and Technological Center’s Graphic Communications class has been awarded PrintED accreditation in the following areas: Introduction to Graphic Communications, Advertising Design, Bindery & Finishing, and Digital File Preparation. Texarkana Arkansas Career and Technological Center is currently listed on www.gaerf.org andwww.graphiccommcentral.org as a nationally accredited institution recognized by the graphic communications industry
PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®), is a national accreditation program, based on industry standards, appropriate for secondary and post-secondary schools offering graphic communications curricula.
PrintED has identified six standards that encompass the elements of a solid training program. In order for a program to become accredited, it must meet these standards in at least two areas of accreditation, one of which must be Introduction to Graphic Communications. Many PrintED accredited programs have established articulation agreements with institutions of higher learning. Articulation agreements are designed to build strong partnerships between high schools and community colleges and/or four-year institutions. The agreement outlines specific requirements completed at the high school level that will transfer to institutions of higher learning.
“This accreditation means so much to the Career and Technological Graphics program,” said instructor Carla Lancaster. “It positions our students for better job opportunities upon completion of the program.” The Texarkana Arkansas School District’s Career and Technological Center is one of three centers in the state to receive accreditation.