Students in the Graphic Arts class at the Clare-Gladwin Career Center were exposed to the world of print during their tour of McKay Press in Midland last week. The students saw the multitude of machines used by McKay press, including a web press, letter press, folders, binders, cutter, stitcher, wide format printers, and more.
“Many students have no idea what happens to a designed piece when the project is being produced,” said Graphic Arts Instructor Andrea Boettner. "If a graphic designer has a better understanding of the output of a business card, for example, then he or she can design the job to those specifications. My students needed to see the production side and explore all of the career choices it has to offer."
Graphic Arts student Lacey Marteniz said she had fun and, “it was really interesting to see how they make all the different kinds of prints.”
Graphic Arts is one of nine career and technical education (CTE) programs offered to high school juniors and seniors at the Clare-Gladwin Career Center, a program of the Clare-Gladwin RESD. The students spend half of their day at their CTE program and the other half at their local high school.