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Business Writing Certificate

Certificate Number 908011

The Business Writing Certificate is designed for students to review basic writing skills and to apply that knowledge into acceptable written business documents. Some of the credits earned through this certificate may be applied to technical diploma or associate degree programs at NWTC. Some credits may also transfer to other technical colleges, the University of Wisconsin system, or private four-year colleges. Check with the college you are interested in transferring to for more information.

Certificate Completers will be able to

. Use the correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling in written documents.
. Assess the needs of a reader for a written document.
. Select the correct format to use for various business documents.
. Select the appropriate style and tone for each document.
. Engage in critical thinking to solve problems.
. Engage in creative thinking to develop business materials.
. Utilize word processing to achieve professional documents.
. Utilize software to assemble professional presentational materials.

Requirements for Certificate Entry:

. Learners must be at least 16 years old.
. We strongly recommend that learners hold a high school or high school equivalency diploma.


Please note that enrollment in some courses requires an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores. See course descriptions for detail; equivalent assessment scores are acceptable. To learn more about these assessments and benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

. 101023, Business Management


Catalog No. Description Credits

10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-103-151 Micro: PowerPoint-Intro
10-103-121 Micro: Word-Intro
10-103-122 Micro: Word-Part 2
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
10-809-103 Think Critically and Creativel

Certificate Total

Course Descriptions

10-801-136 English Composition 1...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 77-851-759; BE Communication Prep IIB OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent)

10-103-151 Micro: PowerPoint-Intro...presentation skills using: graphics, diagrams, design themes, sounds, animations, slide transitions, and integration with other software. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics. (Corequiste: 10-103-121, Micro: Word-Intro)

10-103-121 Micro: Word-Intro...word processing basics including creating, revising, formatting, printing; sections, tabs, multiple-page numbering; manipulating text; creating headers/footers; creating/formatting tables, graphics; and merging documents. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.

10-103-122 Micro: Word-Part 2...advanced word processing features including working with headers/footers, inserting quick parts, themes, styles, sort and select; footnotes/endnotes, images, shapes, shared documents; specialized tables and indexes; forms; and sharing data. (Corequiste: 10-103-121, Micro: Word-Intro)

10-801-197 Technical Reporting...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better)

10-809-103 Think Critically & Creatively...instruction in realistic/practical methods of thinking, including decision making, problem solving, analyzing ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals/objectives. Students apply strategies/tools in a variety of situations. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent)

For more information, please contact: The General Studies Department,(920) 498-5421 or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 5421,or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.