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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.
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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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.
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