CRANFORD — While you may have excellent skills in your particular area of expertise, it is essential to develop yet another important skill, which is effective writing. You must be able to write clearly about facts, problems, and procedures on the job in order to have a competitive edge among other, similarly qualified workers.
Union County College will present a non-credit, professional development course, “Effective Writing” this summer that will address this need for employees of all sectors and levels to enhance their writing through practical, hands-on instruction. Starting in June, the College will present this eight-week course in a comfortable atmosphere focusing on individual student needs as well as more general writing and grammatical topics. The once-a-week evening course will help to enhance students’ marketability in the workplace and enable the individual to stand out in his/her chosen career area.
“Effective Writing” will assist people in the workplace, the unemployed, recent college graduates and current students, and even prospective book writers to enhance their writing skills through an intensive overview of style, grammar, and analysis of a written piece.
The course will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 5 through July 31, with no class held on July 4 and 5 due to the college’s closing for Independence Day, at the college’s Cranford Campus.
The course will cover such topics as assessing and targeting the intended audience; spelling; word usage and eliminating unnecessary words; sentence agreement, punctuation, and readability; and paragraph development, among other topics. While classes are structured, the flexibility is there to enable every student to have his/her writing concerns addressed appropriately. The course will feature in-class and take-home writing assignments, practical exercises and worksheets, and extensive discussion of how to adapt one’s writing to meet employment and special-interest needs. Students will be able to reference a textbook, workbook, and class notes as supplements to classroom instruction.
To register for the course or for further information, call the College’s Office of Continuing Education at (908) 709-7600.
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