ERIC Number: ED214212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of Including Technical Communications in the Vocational Occupational Programs in the Two-Year College.
Currently two-year colleges are faced with the challenge of developing and implementing programs of technical communications that will serve the wide range of needs of the vocational-technical student. Cedar Valley College (Texas) responded to this challenge by developing a communications course for the developmental student. The course has four units: (1) the improvement of interpersonal skills in which students are taught to recognize nonverbal communication, to listen actively, to locate the main thought while reading, and to select appropriate language for communicating messages; (2) the improvement of learning skills in which students are taught to take notes, to study, and to ask and answer questions; (3) the improvement of on-the-job communication that focuses upon the student's special technical area of work; and (4) the improvement of consumer communication skills that focuses on the student's awareness of persuasive techniques. Students at the academic proficiency level were offered a college transfer level communications course that combined communication skills with practical career activities. Each of these courses takes into account the special needs of the student and recognizes the role that language plays in a student's life. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Little Rock, AR, October 1-3, 1981).