Technical Communication (CTTC)

Certificate

As a fast-track program for career changers or a foundational program for first time professionals, this program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for writing end-user documentation such as printed manuals, online help systems and screencast training modules. Using tools of the technical communication profession, the student will develop skill in audience analysis; tutorial, procedure and reference guide writing; project management; document design; and usability testing. Designed to provide the student with practical and theoretical principles of technical communication, the program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of opportunities in the field. To this end, students will also learn how to conduct a formal job search and create professional portfolios to better compete for jobs. Those without previous college experience can use this certificate to seek work as interns and in co-op positions in technical communication while pursuing the Associate in Arts Degree in Technical Communication.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2021-2022 Academic Requirements

As a fast-track program for career changers or a foundational program for first time professionals, this program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for writing end-user documentation such as printed manuals, online help systems and screencast training modules. Using tools of the technical communication profession, the student will develop skill in audience analysis; tutorial, procedure and reference guide writing; project management; document design; and usability testing. Designed to provide the student with practical and theoretical principles of technical communication, the program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of opportunities in the field. To this end, students will also learn how to conduct a formal job search and create professional portfolios to better compete for jobs. Those without previous college experience can use this certificate to seek work as interns and in co-op positions in technical communication while pursuing the Associate in Arts Degree in Technical Communication.

High Demand Occupation High Skill Occupation High Wage Occupation, as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

Basic computer literacy.

Division
Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Department
English & College Readiness
Advisors
Lisa Veasey
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Minimum Credits
ENG 107   Technical Writing Fundamentals* 3
ENG 208   Technical Writing for Print Delivery 3
ENG 209   Technical Writing for Online Delivery 3
ENG 218   Technical Writing for eLearning 3
ENG 245   Job Search Success Seminar 2
Elective   Select one GDT course from the following: GDT 104, GDT 106, or GDT 108 3
Elective   Select one WEB course from the following: WEB 110, WEB 113 or WEB 115 3
Total 20

Total Credits Required
20

Footnotes

*Students with equivalent coursework/experience are encouraged to contact the program advisor for appropriate course placement.