“I was extremely nervous going back to school at the age of 38. Some people said it was a waste of time. Others said I wouldn’t make it. I worried the professors wouldn’t be understanding. Boy, was I wrong!
“I chose to attend MPTC for two reasons. First, the nursing program ranks number 2 in the state. Second, I absolutely love their focus on the core value of student success, which is amazing. Everyone from faculty to staff to advisors offers support and resources and genuinely cares about student success.”
For college students, an internship is essential now more than ever. Even though education after high school is important, and higher levels of education typically translate into advanced careers, a degree alone doesn’t directly mean skilled knowledge within the workplace, and students often lack the hands-on job experience that is needed to gain employment.
This my third and final installment of a blog series introducing military service and veterans to educators and administrators in higher education. In Part One, I discussed the demographics and composition of the veteran community, addressing who veterans are and what they ‘look like’ upon transitioning out.
The need for good writing skills exist in every profession. “For example, in my future career field as a radiographer, I must communicate findings and evaluations that are clear and concise, so the doctors know how to proceed,” said Jason Landt, who plans to graduate from the Radiography program at MPTC.
Delaney Tisdale, a student in the MPTC Medical Assistant program, shared her perspective. “As a future medical assistant, I need to document the patient’s history by being very complete and thorough,” said Tisdale.
Danairis Melendez agrees about how important writing is for her career. “As a future nurse, I must accurately chart symptoms, vitals, and medications for the healthcare team,” emphasized Melendez, who plans to graduate from the MPTC Nursing Program in 2020.
Writing skills allow you to sound more professional, intelligent, and improve productivity in the workplace along with making your job more enjoyable. Jonah Tyjeski, Natalie Bock, and Stephanie Munro, additional students in the English Composition I course, explain how writing skills matter in the workplace.
“If I’m at work and I need a piece of equipment from the warehouse, I need to send an official e-mail to the warehouse manager and human resources to obtain it. I use my writing skills every day,” said Jonah Tyjeski, who plans to graduate from MPTC in the HVAC program this semester.
Natalie Bock agrees. “When I take x-rays, I need to write what is wrong and communicate this information to the doctor. I must be very accurate with my writing,” said Bock, a MPTC Radiography program student.
Stephanie Munro, a future MPTC Nursing graduate, also shares her experience with writing. “I know I will use my writing skills every day when I communicate with doctors about orders and when I complete patient charting.”
No matter your career field, your writing skills matter. A technical trainer, an automotive engine technician, a chef, and a nurse need to put their writing skills to the test every day in their careers. These students in the English Composition I course recognize that they must demonstrate to co-workers, customers, patients, and management that they can communicate well and be proficient in writing. If you want to advance in your career, you need to be able to use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as provide accurate and pertinent information.
All of these students in the English Composition I course understand that as current and future professionals, they must be good writers to be successful, which is why they chose to complete the English Composition I course at MPTC. This course focuses on the 4 C’s of writing, the research and writing process, proper documentation and formatting, critical thinking, and more.
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Has anyone ever told you “college is an investment in your future”? Have you ever thought about what that truly means? The mere fact that you need to save and apply for funding makes it feel cumbersome … and really the bottom line is, is it affordable?
The good news is that it is! The direct cost of attending college is your tuition and books. With the support of your family, you can choose to reduce the additional costs of housing and meals or miscellaneous expenses by living at home or budgeting to live frugally. Sticker prices of attending college often include all of those costs showing a high price to pay towards your education; with the help of financial aid, tuition and books is easily covered.