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Professional Communications Overview

CVTC’s Professional Communications program focuses on professional, technical, and business writing for a variety of media and industries and prepares individuals for professional careers as technical writers, copy writers, editors, grant writers, and related writing careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations. The program includes instruction in theories of rhetoric, writing, and digital literacy; document design, production, and management; editing and proofreading; visual rhetoric and multimedia composition; documentation development; web writing; and publishing. A degree in Professional Communications gives you endless career options across multiple industry sectors.

Each course takes eight weeks to complete and students will enjoy earning their degree with the flexibility and convenience of this 100% online program.

Throughout this program, you'll learn valuable skills such as:

  • Document design, production, and management
  • Documentation development
  • Publishing in print and electronic media
  • Rhetoric, writing, and digital literacy theories
  • Social media content creation
  • Usability testing
  • Visual rhetoric and multimedia composition
  • Web content writing

Career Opportunities

Assistant Teacher

Communications Specialist



Social Media Manager

Technical Writer

Just the Facts

Professional Communications
60 Credit Associate Degree

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Estimated Total:  $10,742

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Professional Communications program.

Professional/Technical Writing
This course is an introduction to processes of technical and professional communication, emphasizing application of rhetorical principles and problem-solving strategies to various products central to the workplace writing.

Proposal/Grant Writing
This course is an exploration of various grant proposal forms (government, corporate, foundation), with emphasis on conceptualizing, developing, and writing proposals for real clients.

Writing for Social Media
This course will introduce how to write blogs, posts, tweets, and other updates so they resonate and are relevant to social media audiences, and encourage action, engagement, and interaction. This course focuses primarily on content writing and editing.

Professional Communications Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Professional Communications professionals make an average starting salary of $32,837.


Regional Jobs

There are 61 job openings in the CVTC district for the Professional Communications industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

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* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from EMSI which is an Economic Modeling Software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Focus On Student Success

The Professional Communications program was very good. I especially liked that I could complete my education 100% online. I felt like the program prepared us to find a job in that field.

Professional Communications Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

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Continue Your Learning

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