Proficient communication skills are essential to a wide range of industries, such as human resources, real estate, nursing, criminal justice and more. Develop a strong set of communication skills in both verbal and written formats. Discover the fundamentals of effective presentations, including delivery techniques and elements of successful speeches; improve skills to prepare accurate technical documentation; and refine all aspects of the writing process, such as research, planning, organizing and editing.

  • Many WCTC associate degree programs already include one or two of the courses needed to complete the Communications certificate. In some cases, just one additional course is required to earn the credential.

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 801-197 Technical Reporting3+ 
 801-198 Speech3+ 
 801-136 English Composition 13+*
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Credits from this short-term certificate program may be applied toward several technical diploma programs and will complement many areas of study.