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Professional Communications
Program Code: 10-699-1

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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 64 Credits
Available Online Only
Financial Aid Eligible

Note: This program is delivered ONLINE ONLY. This means that students are not required to attend any FVTC campus at any point throughout this program.

Career Opportunities

With the rapid growth of technology over the last 30 years, the need for strong communicators who can make technical information accessible to the average user is vital. Every occupation needs educated, experienced professional/technical communicators. The Society for Technical Communication defines the role of a technical communicator as one who develops and designs instructional and informational tools needed to assure safe, appropriate, and effective use of science and technology, intellectual property, and manufactured products and services. Professional/technical communicators combine multimedia knowledge and strong communication skills with technical expertise to educate across the entire spectrum of users' abilities, technical experience, and visual and auditory capabilities.

Typical careers within this field include web content developers, documentation and training specialists, information architects and designers, researchers, technical illustrators, technical writers and editors, translators, and usability professionals. The need for professional/technical communicators is expected to grow over the next decade.

Program Description

The Professional Communications program will prepare the student for a 21st century career. Students who graduate from this program will be technologically advanced and possess superior writing and oral communication skills. In this program, students will use and combine a variety of communication media, including print, audio/visual and Internet. The program's target audience includes people experienced in business and industry who are interested in enhancing their current skill set, as well as people entering this field for a first career.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Program Outcomes

The Professional Communications program graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate excellent writing, technological and speaking skills.
  • Apply principles of quality customer service.
  • Apply principles of project management.
  • Conduct research, interpret and report findings in specific subject matter areas.
  • Use a variety of technologies to produce safety-compliant, error-free, technical documents, digital communications, presentations and communication products.
  • Manage completed documents and communication products.
  • Develop productive consultation and collaborative skills.
  • Develop usability testing methods, conduct usability testing and respond appropriately to results.
  • Effectively use communication technologies in an online learning environment.
  • Develop cross-cultural communication skills.

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Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program