Nov. 13, 2003: Program pays off fast for Communications student

      November 13, 2003
      Contact: Crawford Kilian
      Tel: 604.983.7585

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano College student, Michael Hoang, entered the new Professional Communications Certificate program in September and it has already helped him land a job.

      "I got hired immediately after the Human Resources rep looked over my cover letter and resume," he says. "She was very impressed. Thanks to the two courses I'm taking in the program, I was able to learn how to speak effectively and how to put down words on a piece of paper to persuade somebody to hire me.

      "In addition to my new job," Hoang says, "I feel a lot more confident in my communication skills with the business world. I will be required to do public presentations on our products and services."

      Crawford Kilian, coordinator of Capilano College’s Communications department, says he's pleased but not surprised. "Communication skill is the top desired ability for B.C. employers," he says. "Our program trains students in a wide range of current skills—from public speaking to business writing to Web content development."

      What's more, he says, the Professional Communications courses are open to students who aren't in the program. "Any Capilano College student with strong English skills can sign up for our courses," he says. "Several of our courses already have transfer credit to Simon Fraser University, and we expect other post?secondary institutions to grant credit as well. So our courses could be very useful electives even for students going on to university as wll as into the workplace."


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