February 19, 2004: Program equips students for electronic workplace

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      February 19, 2004
      Contact: Crawford Kilian
      Tel: 604.983.7585

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano College’s new Professional Communications Certificate program will introduce itself to interested students on Thursday, March 4 at a 7 p.m. information meeting in the Cedar building, room 135 on the North Vancouver campus.

      “We’re not just telling people about the program,” says coordinator Crawford Kilian. “We’re going to show them what it’s all about with a film about visual communications and offer a chance to meet students who are already in the program.”

      Launched last fall, the program offers intensive training in a wide range of workplace writing and speaking skills. Students can choose from courses such as Web content development, corporate communications, visual communications, and introduction to technical writing.

      “We offer most courses one night a week,” says Kilian. “The certificate requires just five courses, so a student could complete the program in just two terms of part-time work.”

      Graduates should be able to tackle many different kinds of writing tasks, from producing corporate newsletters to editing Web text to writing media releases.

      “B.C. employers say their top priority is employees with good communication skills,” says Kilian. “We agree, and our graduates will have those skills.”

      In addition to the March 4 information meeting, the Communications department plans other meetings on March 25 and April 26. Certificate courses in the fall term will include presentation skills, advanced business writing, visual communications, and magazine article writing.

      Student Michael Hoang entered the 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 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.”

      Kilian 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. “Our courses transfer to universities and colleges, so they could be useful electives even for students going on to university as well as into the workplace.”

      For more information, contact Crawford Kilian at 604.983.7585 or at ckilian@thehub.capcollege.bc.ca.

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