Input wanted about online certificate programs

Subject: Input wanted about online certificate programs
From: "Ben Bristow" <btbris -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 17:27:34 -0400

Hello everyone,

I'm planning to career-change into tech writing. I have an BA in English,
and a work background in legal writing and legal software administration.
What I don't yet have is the necessary baseline of skills, or a portfolio.
Essentially I need to rebrand myself, and I would like to do it with a
certificate program. I live in NYC, and there is only one program here: the
one at Brooklyn College. Since it is online-only, I feel like I might as
well broaden the search to *all* online tech writing programs (there's no
geographic benefit to be gained as a New Yorker).

So does anyone have suggestions? Maybe someone was in my situation a few
years ago, did a certification, and was able to break in? I've got names and
names from looking through old posts, but what I don't have is any method of
differentiating between them. I want a program that can give me the skills I
need in a practical sense; a more academic education in tech writing strikes
me as being useful, but not as useful. I would also love to be able to earn
credit towards a future master's (this is the one thing that the Brooklyn
College program does not offer). And for that matter, has anyone done that
program? It is amazingly inexpensive, but I don't know what sort of
reputation it has.

Thanks in advance and great list,

-- Ben

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