- Both specialization areas of the Business & Technical Communications program offer an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate.
- The Business & Technical Communications staff includes professionals currently practicing in the field.
- Students can gain valuable experience as well as portfolio and resume items by working on writing, editing, and design projects with the student-run The Write Group (www.thewritegroup.org).
- Courses in the Business & Government Specialization focus on important document types in business and government: policy-and-procedure documents, audit and compliance reports, administrative rules, business plans, project proposals, grant proposals, business plans, and correspondence.
- Advanced courses in the Technical Communication Specialization feature such in-demand software as Adobe FrameMaker, Photoshop, Visio, Acrobat, RoboHelp, Dreamweaver, Connect, Microsoft Word, Author-it, Captivate, Quadralay WebWorks, oXygen XML Editor.
- Most classes are held in well-equipped computer labs with the latest versions of the previously mentioned software and have open lab hours for students enrolled in the Business & Technical Communication program.
- All courses are available online classes and can be taken from anywhere in the world.
- Students in the major take a special-problems course to build their portfolios and an internship in which they gain on-the-job experience.
- Courses provide opportunities for employment or continuation to a four-year institution.
- The program maintains a close association with the Austin chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, an excellent resource for learning about the profession, meeting practicing technical writers, using the job bank, talking to recruiters, and posting resumes.
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