RE: seen this? A Survey of U.S. Certificate Programs in Technical Communication

Subject: RE: seen this? A Survey of U.S. Certificate Programs in Technical Communication
From: Slager Timothy J <Timothy -dot- Slager -at- dematic -dot- com>
To: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:13:08 +0000

Peter Neilson said:

>>My jaundice is showing again, but the ONLY graduate of such a program whom I have ever met and worked with Could Not Write. The best tech writing instruction I've seen was on-the-job and sink-or-swim, where people of obvious common sense were thrust into writing positions regardless of academic degree. Some of the best had PhDs but no tech writing experience at all.

Yes, it is a jaundiced view, which is understandable since it is based on sampling of only one.

I have worked with several graduates of technical writing programs. Some are good technical writers, some exceptional writers, some not so much. I didn't get a degree in technical writing but am fairly confident I would benefit (even at my age) from a certificate program such as those mentioned in the article. As with most education (and experience), it depends a lot on what you put into it.

tims




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