T H Pickens Technical Center
About T H Pickens Technical Center
Pickens Technical College is a career and technical education college offering training programs to adults and high school students in Aurora, Colorado. It is a public institution and part of Aurora Public Schools and the Colorado Community College System. Aurora boasts tree-lined streets, open prairie, majestic views of the mountains and ample neighborhood parks, plus more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Aurora offers events year-round for all ages, including KidSpree, Jack-O-Launch at PumpkinFest, the Fourth of July Spectacular, Festival International, Trout Tournament, Concerts in the Park and more. The 1,100-acre Plains Conservation Center offers an up-close look at the plants and animals of the state's eastern plains.
Pickens offers a certificate of completion in graphic design that can be earned in one semester, or less than six months. The graphic design program includes courses on the study of design and color theory, typography, and applying the elements of design on the computer in both the Mac and PC platforms. Computer software training includes Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. The curriculum focuses on promotional pieces, advertising collateral and other media vehicles that are used in advertising. Students also complete two levels of digital design and graphics lab work.
The design production program at PTC is a continuation of the graphic design program. This program can also be completed in one semester. Students study the basics of production design, typography and layout. Adobe InDesign production software is used to create magazine layouts, posters and other advertising materials. Students also study the latest software to create and design Web pages in the required Web design course. An additional two digital design and production lab courses are required as well. When both the graphic design and design production programs are completed, students can earn the Multimedia Graphic Design certificate. This 1-year certificate can provide the skills the graduate needs to become a graphic designer.
The professional photography program at Pickens is a comprehensive 1-year program designed to prepare students for entry into the photography career field. The courses cover everything from the basics of exposure theory and black and white photography through studio lighting, digital imaging, and a professional portfolio. Upon graduation, the student can be prepared to freelance or serve as a photographer's assistant. The photographer's assistant program includes courses in professional photography, digital workflow management, commercial color photography, and two photography labs. The professional photography program includes additional courses in lighting principles, professional digital photography, professional portraiture, and two more photography labs. There is also an independent study elective available in this program.
The 1-year Web Developer Certificate teaches the skills required to develop and maintain websites for small businesses. Specific areas of study include visual design, operating systems, protocols, Web page development, programming, and animation. Students work with a variety of software applications and Web editing tools throughout the course of study. Courses included in the first semester of the program are business communication and report writing, PC applications, logic and program design, complete Web authoring, graphic illustration, and complete Web editing tools. Courses included in the second semester include a special topics course in career development, complete PC database using Access, introduction to programming in ASP, complete Web scripting, complete Web animation using Flash, and advanced Web animation. Electives available during the second semester of the program include an internship, a special topics course, and independent study.
Qualified PTC students can have access to several scholarship programs funded by the Colorado Legislature. In addition, Pickens offers departmental scholarships to eligible students who show potential for a career in any of the fields of training offered by Pickens Tech. There are also institutional and private scholarships available each semester for new and continuing students. These scholarships are merit or need based. Information and applications are available through the Financial Aid Office at PTC.
PTC operates under the governance of the Aurora Public School Board of Education and is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges. Some of the student services provided by PTC include counseling and academic advising, financial aid, a licensed, on-site child care facility, employment, placement, and internship services, services for students with disabilities, a licensed on-site nurse, and a bookstore and cafeteria. The career services offered at the Internship/Job Coaching Center include development of interviewing skills, resume preparation, job search techniques, job opportunity listings, letters of referral for qualified students, ongoing services for PTC alumni, and job fairs, seminars, and workshops offered throughout the school year.