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.

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.