New technical writing course could lead to job opportunities

09.30.2016 | By Rob Vanya

HOUSTON — Responding to industry demand, San Jacinto College will launch a special technical writing course that could provide students with pathways to high-demand, high-paying jobs.

Typically, a new course is launched at the beginning of a semester, but the new technical writing course will launch at the San Jacinto College North Campus on Oct. 17. Interested students should apply and register right away.

Mark Johnson, North Campus English and modern language department chair, explained why the course is launching over a month after the start of a semester. “We’re responding to a need presented to us by the LyondellBasell petrochemical company,” he commented. “They came to us and asked what we could do to help them. We offer second eight-week courses, and we were able to put this course together and tailor it to their needs.”

Students who complete the class successfully will be interviewed by LyondellBasell for internship opportunities that could lead to full-time employment. “It’s an excellent pathway for qualifying students to get their foot in the door with one of Houston’s most successful chemical companies,” Johnson said. “This is a special opportunity that can lead to an immediate technical writing connection at LyondellBasell, an established, multinational chemical company.”

Students who successfully complete the eight-week course earn three transferable credits. The class satisfies the communication requirement for many San Jacinto College degree plans.

The format for the new technical writing course is “hybrid,” meaning that it incorporates online as well as traditional classroom instruction. “Lecture, video viewing and discussion boards will be presented online, and then students will attend class for hands-on technical writing activities,” Johnson said. “Students will also visit a LyondellBasell plant and meet some of the technical writers and plant operators.”

Technical writers are in high demand and annual salaries can range from $52,000 to $90,240, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technical writers explain technologies, processes, and products in many formats, including print, online and other electronic means.

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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