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RCHS Graphics

Design and Print Technologies

Welcome! Our graphic production program allows high school students to learn and prepare for careers in graphic design and print technologies of the 21st Century. Graphic Communication is the nation’s third largest manufacturing industry, encompassing all phases in the processing of information for print and electronic media. It is an industry of artists, engineers, scientists, technicians, entrepreneurs, organizers and managers with opportunities for those entering the job market out of high school as well as those planning to further their education with college, trade schools, and universities. It is a growing industry, rapidly evolving to meet the challenges of our digital age. This program offers classes that meet Chaffey Joint Union High School District's computer graduation requirements as well as A-G criteria for UC schools. This pathway is also offered as a Regional Occupational Program (ROP). Learn about and register for ROP at the Career Center on campus.

Program Goals

Our short-term goal is to develop membership, engage in competitions, and participate in leadership opportunities from our industry's Career and Technical Student Organization, SkillsUSA. Learn more about SkillUSA, National and SkillsUSA, California.

SkillsUSA also partners with PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®).

Our long-term goal is to become accredited through PrintED. This national accreditation program is based on industry standards, appropriate for secondary and post-secondary schools offering graphic communications curriculum.

The certification, which does not require work experience, is designed a significant step for students seeking to build a career in the graphic communications industry. In addition, I will strive to establish articulation agreements with community colleges and four-year institutions. The agreements will outline specific requirements completed at the high school level that will transfer to institutions of higher learning.

About CTE

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education is a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses (2-4years) that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. RCHS offers CTE classes in various industry sectors. RCHS Graphics falls under the Manufacturing and Product Development industry sector in Graphic Production Technologies career pathway.

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Manufacturing and Product Development Sector

Graphic Production Technologies Pathway

The Graphic Production Technologies pathway provides students with an understanding of printing and manufacturing processes and systems common to careers in the graphic arts and printing technology industries. Representative topics include the principles of design composition, graphic design and layout, typography, image generation and file preparation, photography, digital imaging, prepress preparation, printing and screen printing technologies, binding and finishing processes, multimedia blending, business and entrepreneurship principles, prototype product design, computer-aided design, and computer-aided manufacturing.

Chaffey College

Chaffey College and Rancho Cucamonga High School are working together to give students a head start on college. "Tech Prep" is a program that gives students the opportunity to earn course credit at Chaffey College and high school at the same time. Students can earn placement credit, which means the high school course will fulfill prerequisite requirements, and the student does not have to take the articulated college course. Students are also allowed to bypass a course through the Credit by Exam option where the student earns credit for the articulated college course and units will be posted on the student's college transcript.

Career Readiness

All CJUHSD Students Will Graduate Ready For College and Careers

College Ready - A CJUHSD graduate has the required knowledge and skills (preferably successful completion of A-G UC/CSU approved courses) needed to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college coursework without need for remediation.

Career Ready - A CJUHSD graduate has academic and technical knowledge and skills, TCELL, to succeed in career-related post-secondary education or technical/vocational training in his/her chosen career.

Teacher - Ms. Becker

About Lisset Becker

Thank you for taking the time to visit! I teach Graphic Production Technologies, a CTE Career Pathway at Rancho Cucamonga High School. This successful program has been running for over 27 years. The 2018-19 school year marked my first year teaching and it was a triumphant year.

My interest in graphic art and printing began in high school as a sophomore here at Rancho Cucamonga High School. As I reached my Senior year I was doing freelance design, offset, and screen printing for local businesses during ROP and advanced elective classes. I returned to RCHS as an ROP Adult after graduating, for periods 0-1 while attending Chaffey College. The following year I opened my print shop in Upland, California, offering graphic design and screen printing services.

That small business sustained me while obtaining an Associates Degree in Visual Communication from Chaffey College, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Cal State Fullerton. I sold the business to focus on my career as a Graphic Designer, and eventually Creative Director at two design firms and a large church, all in So Cal. In 2018 I received a Masters of Education. I give thanks to my mentor of 25 yers, Dale Bailey, my high school Graphics teacher. It is with honor that I fill his shoes at RCHS.

My goals are to help students become career ready after 2 years in this pathway and college ready when they graduate. My long-term goal is for the program to become accredited through PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation. The certification, which does not require work experience, is designed to be the initial step for students seeking to build a career in the graphic communications industry.


Ms. Becker
Graphics Lab - Room A103
Phone: 909-989-1600 Ext. 2302
Email: [email protected]