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COD Offers New Professional Writing Certificate Program

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By Mike McKissack

College of DuPage will offer a new Professional Writing Certificate program beginning this fall.

According to Dr. Steve Accardi, Assistant Professor of English at COD, the new program provides students with the opportunity to communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings across a wide range of fields, including business, government, health care, industry, nonprofit and technology.

“This program has the dual purpose of serving students who are interested in professional writing but have no previous experience with it, as well as experienced professionals who are looking to sharpen their rhetoric and writing skills,” said Accardi. “The design of the courses provides points of entry into the professional world and pathways to build a portfolio for career advancement.”

 The Professional Writing Certificate is an 18 credit-hour program with courses in digital writing, professional editing, technical writing, workplace writing, writing in the community and writing in the professions.

Accardi said the program was particularly timely.

“Professional writers are needed everywhere, in nearly every business and industry. Their job is to make the complex clear,” he said. “In addition, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. and particularly in DuPage County.”

For more information about the Professional Writing Certificate program at College of DuPage, email accardis@cod.edu or call (630) 942-2669.

College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 28,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants nine associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

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