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COMM Certificate

Application for Communication Certificate

Employers are desperate for employees with good communication skills. According to Kimberly Palmer in her May 15, 2012, article for US News and World Report:

A whopping 98 percent of employers surveyed by Millenial Branding in 2012 said they consider communication skills to be essential. According to Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding, that means “the ability to write, compose emails, give presentations in front of others, and being able to have conversations with those across generations.” He adds that many employers believe hard skills, such as how to use a particular software program, can be easily learned, while soft skills, such as communication, need to be developed. “It takes time to master the art of communication, especially when young people are so dependent on technology instead of real-life communication,” says Schawbel. The ability to coordinate with others is closely related; 92 percent of employers said they also consider it important.


Employer Importance Infographic


Once you've completed your communication certificate (just 4 COMM courses. See below) you will have these skills that employers seek.

Here is a great article that will help you highlight your communication skills on your resume:

Get your COMM certificate

Once you have completed 4 of the approved Communication courses, bring a copy of your unofficial transcripts and your completed Communication Certificate form (download below) to Helen Acosta or A.Todd Jones.

Approved Courses for the COMM certificate:

  • COMM B1 Public Speaking
  • COMM B2 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM B4 Persuasion
  • COMM B5 Argumentation and Rhetoric
  • COMM B6 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM B7 Organizational Communication
  • COMM B8 Small Group Communication
  • COMM B10 Leadership and Communication
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