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Streamlined Certificate at IUPUI Offers Timely Credential


February 8, 2011

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  • Marj Rush Hovde .

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The Technical Communication Program at IUPUI, offered in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, has recently streamlined its requirements for the undergraduate Technical Communication Certificate in order to be more consistent with contemporary practices in technical communication.

Because this certificate can be completed within a year, it will provide timely retraining for career changers, as advocated by higher education experts who see accelerated certification programs as keys to helping unemployed workers get back into the work force. In addition, the revised certificate will continue to be valuable to students currently earning bachelor’s degrees.

As of January 2011, students earning the Technical Communication Certificate will complete courses in technical/scientific areas, in general technical communication, in editing, in visual communication, in advanced technical communication, and in career development for a total of 19 credit hours.

Completing the interdisciplinary certificate will prepare people for entry-level positions in technical writing, technical editing, usability, online help design and/or technical training.

Members of the Technical Communication Program’s Industrial Advisory Board provided guidance during the process of revising the certificate, which has been offered at IUPUI since 1997.

For additional information, interested people can visit the Technical Communication Certificate Web site at or e-mail the certificate coordinator, Marj Rush Hovde at .