Magazine article Techniques

Indian Capital Technology Center

Magazine article Techniques

Indian Capital Technology Center

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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. …

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