Technical Communications

The Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science in the Technical Communications Specialization provide preparation essential for careers in technical communications. Courses include developing print and online materials, online helps, web sites, and graphics; working within the documentation process as writers, editors, reviewers, designers, and coordinators; exploring industry developments involving single sourcing, content management, and document control; using software applications most in demand by employers to develop portfolio-quality documents; and, most importantly, practicing clear succinct direct writing that is carefully adapted to its intended audience.

Certificate and degree plans are flexible; courses can be substituted from the other specialization. Contact the department chairperson.

Associate of Applied Science

You can find the most recent degree plan (2015-2016) on the ACC catalogue.

Recommended Electives

Courses offered by the Visual Communication program and by the Computer Information Systems program are highly recommended for careers in technical communication. You can learn more about course offerings by visiting their respective websites:


You can find the most recent certificate plan (2015-2016) at the ACC catalogue.

Continuing Education Certificate

Take any six of these courses (the more the better) to earn the CE certificate:

  • ETWR 1901 Introduction to Technical Writing (ENGL 2311 for credit)
  • ETWR 1074 Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information (ETWR 1374 for credit)
  • ETWR 2073 XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists (ETWR 2473 for credit)
  • ETWR 2078 (XML and DITA for Structured Authoring) (ETWR 2478 for credit)
  • ETWR 2072 Technical Communication with Digital Publishing Systems (ETWR 2472 for credit)
  • ETWR 2070 Fundamentals of Digital Publishing (E-books) (ETWR 2370 for credit)
  • ETWR 1079 Careers and Professionalism (ETWR 1379 for credit)
  • ETWR 2077 Documentation Process and Content Management (ETWR 2477 for credit)
  • ETWR 2079 Web-Based Content Management Systems (ETWR 2479 for credit)
  • POFT 1007 Editing Government, Business and Technical Information (ETWR 2379 for credit)
  • ETWR 2007 Multimedia for Technical Communication (ETWR 2470 for credit)

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