RE: Educational Backgrounds

Subject: RE: Educational Backgrounds
From: "Rochelle McAndrews" <rmcandrews -at- csiu -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 15:25:23 -0500

I've got a Bachelor of Science in Technical and Professional Communication
with a minor in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania College of

The class sizes were so small that some courses required us to do the
coursework through independent study, which really paid off. Such
situations taught me to be resourceful in my writing, and how to go to the
Subject Matter Experts (who had the information I needed) for the bulk of
the content and then translate that information into written products
end-users can understand.

I had a few great mentors who helped me tremendously...mentors who had had
experience in the industry and who translated that experience into
coursework that was beneficial to student understanding of the concepts:
Accuracy, Clarity, and Conciseness.

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In my office there is a part time writer/web designer who has been helping
me with the technical writing and is doing a great job. He has been doing
this on his own since he was a kid and is really great at not only the web
design, but at the technical writing. He is thinking of going to school
and asked me what would be the best degree to pursue. Since I have a BA in
Scientific and Technical Communications from Michigan Tech. I naturally
said that. :)

However I have worked with a few other technical writers and none of us
had the same degree, which got me thinking it would be interesting to
learn about the educational backgrounds of the posters on this list. Any
one care to share? It might help him in his decision, since I am new to
Maryland, I am not really sure what the colleges in this area have to
offer for a promising tech writer!


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