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.
Being able to write well impacts my future success
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.
Students share how their writing skills matter in workplace
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.”
Students recognize writing to be challenging and necessary for any career
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.
Who should get tutoring? Isn’t it just for people who are doing poorly in their courses?
Anyone can benefit from tutoring! Tutoring can help maintain or improve a grade as well as make the difference between passing and failing a course. It can help students ease anxiety about difficult courses, deepen understanding and retention of course content, and help develop more effective study skills.
How can a tutor help me?
Your tutor will work with you to help understand where you are having difficulty. A tutor can help you gain new perspectives on your learning by asking questions, explaining concepts in different ways, sharing examples and resources, suggesting study strategies, providing encouragement, and more.
Whether you are a new or returning program student or interested in taking a course or two, Moraine Park has something for you!
Are you a New or Returning Program Student that hasn’t registered for spring 2018? The time is now!
In October the Moraine Park homeschool outreach team met with Fond du Lac area homeschoolers to find out how Moraine Park can support the homeschool community.
Vice-President of Student Services, Jim Barrett, was in attendance and shared valuable information with the group.
By providing opportunities for students to see where their future education can take them, and exposing them to new cultural activities, the EDGE (Student Support Services-TRIO) hopes to broaden students’ futures both during, and after, their time at Moraine Park.
Internships are key to building experience for a college student. Employers are much more likely to hire someone with internship and work experience, rather than someone with a generic resume.
Here are some reasons why you should explore internships:
- To gain experience; resume booster
- Have the opportunity to watch, learn, and put new things into practice
- Build confidence
- To get a feel for different industries
- Improve your communication skills
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