Re: Begins a list of schools -Reply

Subject: Re: Begins a list of schools -Reply
From: Amy Brown <AMYB -at- IPRAX -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 1996 15:02:11 -0500

Well, since no one else on the list wants to push it (Sabahat how could
you ;-) ) I will:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's program in Technical Communication is
pretty damn good and has a wonderful reputation with employers.
Several of the faculty members are outstanding, and they are VERY
interested in seeing that you learn and get a decent job. Writing and
interface design curricula are pretty strong (the intro Writing and Editing
class is great, but they need more tech-writing courses). The graphics
curriculum is weak: even though RPI offers a Graphics Certificate,
which I'll receive when I graduate, there's no full-time graphics professor
as of yet. You can, however, take courses in Director, computer art,
and the like outside the department and have them count toward the
Graphics Certificate.

The program can be completed in one year (best to take a year and a
half, though). Tuition is unfortunately high and computer resources are
not as good as they could be (at least not when I was there last fall &
spring). Tuition scholarships are the norm rather than the exception, but
most of them are pretty small. However, there are STC scholarships to
be applied for as well. Two people in our department got STC
scholarships this past spring.

All in all, however, I landed a (good) job in software development pretty
easily and, guess what, I actually have a good grasp of what I'm doing.
This summer, new M.S. grads went to (inter alia): IBM (internship), NCR,
BellCore (internship). IBM _loves_ RPI grads. Too bad the incredibly
expensive law school I attended didn't educate me as well. Oh well...

For more info:

amyb -at- iprax -dot- com

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