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  • Why Learn About Communication
  • Careers
  • Student Stories
  • Communication Focus Award
  • Why Should You Learn About Communication?

    Recent studies confirm that employers continue to highly favor individuals with strong communication skills when hiring and promoting. The Department of Communication offers courses that will enhance your ability to effectively exchange messages when interacting with others in various situations. Students will gain experience delivering public presentations as well as develop useful skills for personal and professional relationships.

    The department offers an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Communication for students interested in transferring to Oregon State University with the intention of majoring in Communication. To do this, students should enroll in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) and take classes at both LBCC and OSU.

    Students may also choose the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree, which will prepare them for transfer to any state university. Students should work with an advisor to make sure they are taking the correct classes.

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon.

    We market “skills” over specific careers. This has worked well in the past. One career possibly mentioned on our “careers” webpage is Public Relations. It is important to note, however, that a Communication degree does provide entrance into a particular career (like Nursing or Welding).

    According to The Princeton Review, Communication is among the top 10 most popular college majors. Because the acquired skills can be applied to a variety of careers, many students are drawn to the degree's versatility. Data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) shows that the average salary for Communication majors increased by over 10% from 2013 to 2014.

    Earning a degree in Communication will equip students with the soft skills employers strongly value. Time, Forbes, and CNBC report that these skills are in high demand and actively sought after. Specifically, NACE recently found that verbal communication is the top skill rated by employers.

    According to Business Insider, a Communication major can also lead to many high-paying jobs. One specific area that is experiencing healthy job growth is public relations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports steady demand for public relations specialists who can help improve an organization's relationships with customers, investors, and the general public.

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  • Learn What Former Students Think of Our Program


    Eric Noll, Class of 2013

    Portland State University, BA in Political Science (2015)

    Eric attributes many of his professional successes to what he gained from Public Speaking, Argument&Critical Discourse, and Interpersonal Communication: “The ability to engage in civil discourse has been central to my success. Whether I was arguing in student government, pushing a policy with the president of my university, or lobbying on a bill, the skills that I gained from my Communication courses have been the most useful in my work." He adds, “These classes have helped me clearly articulate my ideas and values. They also provided strategies for working constructively with a diverse group of people.” Eric also says, “I've turned the communication skills that I developed at LBCC into many positive, tangible impacts. Communication courses are not just about learning how to give a great speech or work out a disagreement, they can also help you become a valuable asset within an organization.”

    Grant Garcia, Class of 2013

    Oregon State University, BA in Speech Communication (2015)

    Grant says he didn’t know what he wanted to do when he began college and is thankful that LBCC offered an inexpensive way to explore a variety of subjects. “I'm a huge proponent of the community college model. LBCC provides a quality education that is accessible to students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds. Many instructors knew me by name and made me feel like more than just a line item on a roll sheet.” Grant adds that his Communication courses cultivated his ability to work well with others in a professional setting. “111, 114, and 218 prepared me to go above and beyond in my job. I feel at ease dealing with workplace conflicts and don’t shy away from opportunities to tackle new challenges when asked.” To current LBCC students Grant says, “Communication classes set you apart. In the workplace, it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference in excelling and advancing at your job. Developing excellent communication skills in college is one of the best investments you can make for yourself."
  • Communication Focus Award

    This award is designed for individuals who are interested in developing their communication skills so they can interact well with others in any workplace environment. Even in our current digital age, effective face-to-face interactions are integral to employee performance. Given the changing landscape of professional communication in the 21st century, this award addresses the timeless need for oral communication training. Recipients will acquire a solid foundation of soft skills that proves to be beneficial throughout their respective careers.

    Benifits of earning this award

    • Soft Skills: You will develop a skill set that employers highly value
    • Resume: A tangible way to demonstrate your communication competence and set yourself apart from the crowd
    • Time: If you want to develop strong communication skills, but don't have time to major or minor in Communication, this is a nice alternative
    • Cost: Your expense for this high quality program is a fraction of what many private sector programs charge


    • Comm 111: Public Speaking
    • Comm 114: Argument&Critical Discourse (formerly Comm 112)
    • Comm 218: Interpersonal Communication

    *All courses must be completed with a B or higher.

    Learning objectives. Students will develop the ability to:

    • Control nervousness and anxiety when speaking to others
    • Organize thoughts on the spot and speak with clarity
    • Verbally articulate their ideas promptly when called upon
    • Listen actively and respond to others in an effective manner
    • Recognize and manage nonverbal cues, including facial expressions, eye contact, vocal characteristics, and gestures
    • Communicate interest in a topic and adapt their communication style to diverse audiences
    • Participate confidently in meetings, discussions, and presentations
    • Receive, appreciate, analyze, and apply constructive criticism
    • Solve problems and negotiate conflict resolutions interpersonally and in a team environment

    *This Focus Award should not be confused with a degree or certificate and is not officially recognized by the state. The award will not appear on your official LBCC transcript.

    For more information on the Communication Focus Award, including how to apply for it, please contact Mark Urista.


Kimberly is a first generation college graduate, earning her AA in Speech Communication at Mt. Hood Community College, BS at Portland State University, and MAIS at Oregon State University. As a student at MHCC, she participated in speech and debate (forensics) where she won medals for poetry and persuasive speaking.
Kimberly Burdon
Erin Cook earned her BA in Speech Communication at Oregon State University with a Minor in Spanish and her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Interpersonal Communication, Rhetorical Theory, and Women Studies at Oregon State University as well. During her undergraduate studies, Erin was an active member of the OSU Speech Communication Club, worked for Student Media Services, and studied abroad in Santander, Spain.
Erin Cook
Hailey earned her BS from James Madison University and MA in Speech Communication from North Dakota State University. She served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, which sparked her passion to give back to and advocate alongside underserved populations. Prior to joining LBCC, Hailey spent seven years working in student affairs where she taught public speaking and social justice-based leadership courses. In her free time, Hailey enjoys caffeine, anything outdoors, and wrangling her household of boys.
Hailey Adkisson
Zach graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with a BA in Communication in 2007. While working towards his degree at the school, he served as President for three different campus organizations: College Ambassadors, Student Alumni Association, and the Association of Communication and English Students. In 2009, he earned his MA in Communications from Northern Illinois University while also beginning his college-teaching career at the school (at the ripe age of 22)!
Zach Harper
Ms. Kaio has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Portland State University in Communication Studies. She has years of experience coaching college speech and debates teams in Oregon. She is also interested in Public Address, Presidential Communication as well as Argumentation and Debate.
Aaron Kaio
Zakir is a social justice driven educator who originally hails from California. A proud community college student, he originally attended Mt. San Antonio College before transferring to UCLA to complete a BA in Political Science. From there, Zakir completed a MA in Communication Studies at CSU-Los Angeles and a JD from Loyola University–New Orleans.
Zakir Khan
Oriana Mulatero earned her BA in Anthropology at University of South Florida in Tampa, with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. During her undergraduate, Oriana studied abroad in Oxford, England and Florence, Italy. In 2016, she earned her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University with a focus on Rhetorical Theory, Interpersonal Communication, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Oriana Mulatero
Jared Short was born and raised in Salem, OR. Jared began college at Chemeketa Community College before transferring to Oregon State University where he went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in Psychology. He continued on with Oregon State and earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Rhetoric and Social Influence with minors in Interpersonal Communication and Adult Education.
Jared Short
I attended Oregon State University, where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication (with a minor in Spanish). Two years later, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - my studies focused on Rhetoric&Social Influence, Interpersonal Communication, and History.
Anna Thompson
Rosemarie earned a Radio/Television A.A.S. degree from Onondaga Community College, and a B.S. and M.S. in Speech Communication from Syracuse University. Her advanced degrees include an M.S. and C.A.S. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Educational Policy and Management.
Rosemarie Tillman
Mark earned his AA in Speech Communication at El Camino Community College, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley, and MA in Communication at University of the Pacific. He advises the LBCC Civil Discourse Club and is currently working on a faculty fellowship that aims to promote viewpoint diversity..
Mark Urista