St. Vrain Valley School’s Special Education Department is excited to announce that a student-run print shop is in the works at Main Street School.
While it’s not officially open for business yet, the goal is to have it fully operational by mid-September. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony in August and students will be hired and trained. They will also be involved in the naming of the print shop, as well as the creation of the website.
The print shop will provide students with hands-on learning experiences that will allow them to gain practical knowledge about print production, design, and business management. Students will also have the ability to earn a Workplace Skills badge and an Entrepreneurial Practitioner badge.
The shop will operate as a functional classroom and will be run by a team of student volunteers who will be supervised by a teacher advisor. The print shop will be open to LSACE students and Main Street School’s high school students who are interested in designing and printing posters, flyers, and other materials. The print shop will run like a real business and students will be required to apply and interview for a position and wear uniforms and name badges.
Gina Trujillo, principal of Main Street School, and Amanda Ferguson, assistant director of special education, were instrumental in the development of the print shop with an objective of providing real life work experiences for students. “Some of the goals of the print shop are to provide a unique learning opportunity for students where they can gain real-world experience in the print industry, create an environment that fosters creativity and innovation among students, as well as providing a cost-effective solution for the school’s printing needs,” Trujillo said.
The print shop is equipped with a range of printing equipment, including high-quality printers, scanners, and cutting machines that will allow students to produce professional floor graphics, stickers, decals, awards, flash cards, banners, vinyl lettering for bulletin boards, large posters and signs and much more! Any staff member within the St. Vrain Valley School District will be able to utilize the print shop services.