Excelsior College announces new professional and technical writing concentration for students

Excelsior College’s School of Liberal Arts (SLA) will be launching a new Professional and Technical Writing concentration on April 6.

According to research conducted by O*Net, projected technical writing jobs will increase between now and 2022 with more than 50,000 employees and 22,600 job openings in the field.  The introduction of the Professional and Technical Writing Concentration to the College curriculum will help students reach their educational goals and encourage some to pursue careers in professional writing.

The Professional and Technical Writing (PTW) concentration offers training on nationally-recognized writing competencies.  The PTW concentration targets students who want to enhance their skills for career advancement or add a writing credential to their bachelor of science liberal arts  (or any related) degree.  Courses in technical, scientific, and medical writing will include practice in professional editing, use of various communication media, and writing for the global marketplace and for new media. Graduates with strong writing skills are poised for employment and advancement in health care, technology, pharmaceutical, government, science, and the military.

“The market for graduates with a professional or technical writing credential is well-documented, and employer reports indicate the need for all employees to have solid writing skills,” said Joseph Bocchi, program director in the School of Liberal Arts.

“While the concentration allows Excelsior students to apply existing writing courses offered by the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business and Technology, SLA has been developing a core of new courses that require hands-on application of skills as learning outcomes,” said Bocchi.  “The concentration offers students the chance to apply their knowledge and experience within an academically rigorous program that provides skills for real-world applications across disciplines.”

To learn more about the PTW concentration, visit the Liberal Arts PTW concentration page.




About Excelsior College

Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the US Department of Homeland Security.