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Maxwell earns accreditation for graphics program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools students who enroll in Maxwell High School of Technology's graphic communications program this year will benefit as they learn from courses that meet industry standards.

The graphic communications program at Maxwell High has earned PrintED accreditation, a national recognition from the graphic communications industry, according to a news release.

The PrintED accreditation program is based on industry standards and administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation. PrintED grants accreditation to institutions that have met industry standards for communications courses of study at the secondary and postsecondary level.

Accreditation costs $1,800, according to the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation's website.

Maxwell's accredited courses include the areas of introduction to graphic communications, advertising and design, digital file preparation and digital file output, the news release said. Led by teachers Mark James and Mark Jones, the school completed the accreditation process this past spring.

In addition to its graphic communications program, the school also holds accreditation in its architecture, drawing and design program; auto collision and repair; automotive services; and construction programs.

Maxwell High will open this August as a charter school. Two weeks ago, the state Board of Education approved the school's petition to convert to a charter school.

The structure of the school will not change; juniors and seniors will continue to attend Maxwell's technical education programs for half of the day. The school will have flexibility to allow more students to earn dual enrollment credits and graduate with business- and industry-recognized credentials.

Charter schools are public schools designed to operate independent of federal, state and local regulation in exchange for increased accountability in student achievement.