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Many students are under the impression that, once they enter the workplace, someone else--a technical writer or a secretary, for example--will do the writing for them. Yet, whereas a degree in particular field may help students secure a job, effective communication abilities are key to maintaining and advancing careers. After all, employees may have creative, cost-effective ideas, but if they cannot articulate those ideas in a clear, persuasive manner to supervisors, co-workers, or clients, those employees cannot make a positive impact on the organization.

The average company puts out 18,000 pages of paper for each white collar employee, and 4,000+ pages are added each year. Even nonbusiness entities such as the U.S Air Force generates 500 million pages annually, resulting in approximately 30 billion documents being produced each year in the United States alone. Add to these figures e-mail, and the amount of texts exchanging hands skyrockets.

Technology may be changing the way we transmit information, but the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in various forums will remain critical. Introduction to the Principles of Professional Communication was created to give students an opportunity to learn, practice, and develop non-academic writing strategies that can help students transition into industry and remain viable despite market conditions.