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I went through certification in Technical Writing and Editing at DeAnza
College in Cupertino, CA. It's a two-year program (which, if you're like me,
having come from a computer-capable background) means that you can learn
what you need to learn without all the extraneous stuff.
DeAnza is a community college, so entrance isn't arduous or expensive. The
Tech Writing program IS rigorous, however, covering everything in depth and
requiring you to really produce products as you go along. You will NOT,
however, get emphasis on computer-technology, so if you feel that you'd like
to get deep into technical manuals with direct knowledge of such topics,
this would not be the program for you.
If your situation does not merit the whole four-year-degree thing, then I
highly recommend DeAnza's program.
Malachite Finch Publishing, Ltd.
----- Original Message -----
From: Sarah Park <cul8r_98 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Subject: Good tech writing schools?
> Dear TECHWR-L subscribers,
> I am considering a career change and would like to enter the technical
> writing profession. I have general knowledge in the use of several
> industry programs such as MS Word and Adobe Framemaker. I am uncertain
> whether I should pursue a degree program or certificate program in
> technical writing. Can any of you offer suggestions? Also, I was
> wondering if you know the best schools that offer tech. writing
> programs? The location is not important, since I am willing to travel
> anywhere in North America to attend a good school. I would greatly
> appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks!
> Sarah Park