Successful writing encompasses comprehension, instruction, persuasion, entertainment, problem-resolution, evaluation, investigation, explanation and refutation – all various ends at which writing is aimed. Professional and academic writing requires students to be able to bring in a multitude of facts, points of view, opinions and studies that can inform the writing they’re pulling together, illuminate the message their trying to convey or support the position they’re aiming to take. Effective writing is a critical function for any profession making these skills highly desirable in any type of job where writing reports, writing customer-facing collateral or submitting written proposals is a common task. Additionally, students interested in pursuing professions based in writing would benefit tremendously from these skills.
This program develops written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications. Learners will have the opportunity to really break down the writing process and see how it is useful in constructing and finally writing their own work. Learners will discover various styles and sentence structures that can alter the meaning and impact of their writing and ensure they have the tools necessary to convey the meaning they intend, communicate their thoughts effectively and clearly and ensure their writing is presented professionally in terms of grammar, spelling and other issues that can otherwise inhibit successful writing.
Participants will learn the various techniques appropriate to different writing purposes as well as the different tones and styles applicable to particular contexts (professional, academic, clinical, etc.) In understanding how other sources can help to solidify a piece of writing, learners will gain the skills they need to conduct basic research into external sources, what kinds of sources are best used for particular purposes and how best to incorporate this information into their writing in the most effective way possible.
After completing this program, learners will be able to:
- Apply the steps of the writing process
- Identify essay components
- Write effective and grammatically correct paragraphs
- Analyze the role of reading and writing in your academic and professional career
- Write effective and grammatically correct essays
- Apply strategies to achieve clarity and effective style in writing
- Differentiate between the writing pattern types
- Identify sentence types, parts of a sentence, and patterns
- Discriminate between proper and improper use of punctuation in writing
- Apply the proper use of punctuation in writing
- Apply the proper use of spelling in writing
- Examine strategies and guidelines for writing an effective research paper
- Write an effective and grammatically correct research paper
- Apply research strategies and methods for finding information
- Describe the various information sources available for research
- Apply the steps of the writing process and appropriate research and citation methods to write essays, literary analyses, and research papers
- Critique writing samples in terms of style, substance, and appropriate research and citation methods
- Differentiate between the writing styles required by the different disciplines
- Differentiate between the MLA, APA, and Chicago style guides
- Use Microsoft Office®
There is National Certification exam that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
- National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Writing Professional (WRIT)
Note: Inclusion of National Certification exam vouchers vary from school and payment / finance method. To check if they are included, you may message any of our advisors through any of our available channels here
- MyCAA for Eligible US Military Spouses
MyCAA is a $4000 education grant for spouses of service members on active duty in paygrades E1-E5, W1-W2, O1-O2. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserves in the same paygrades, in title 10 orders, are also eligible.
MyCAA covers: tuition, externship and national certification exam vouchers
Our university partners provide, as job aids, at no extra cost: books / workbooks, laptop, mentor support, 12 mos subscription to CampusEd, job placement assistance.
To see if you qualify, message us here
- Army Credentialing Assistance
The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program is a government-instituted training and education program that provides a grant of up to $4,000 to eligible soldiers. The grant can be used to enroll in more than 1,600 industry-recognized off-duty career-training certificate programs, licensure exams, and academic or vocational credentials, and even re-certification. It was first made available in October 1, 2019 to the Fort Hood, Fort Campbell, Fort Carson, Fort Drum, Fort Riley, and JBLM bases. As of January 1, 2020, the program is available to all installations.
To see if you qualify, email us here
Grants (Non Military)
- Workforce Grant
We have partnered with private institutions to provide assistance to qualified students. The Workforce Grant is in place to help reinvigorate the workforce amidst the ongoing pandemic. If qualified, a student may receive up to 50% of tuition assistance.
To see if you qualify, message us here
- Zero Interest Monthly Payment Plans
Payment plans are available for any student at zero interest. This option is available for every university partner. Click here for a complete list.