By Roberto Camero III
On April 11, Dr. Wallis Sanborn III, assistant professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, held a Tech Writing open house in the tech writing lab located on the first floor of the library. The open house was held to inform students of the benefits of attaching a tech writing certification to their degrees, making finding a job after graduation easier.
The field of technical editing and writing is a broad term that many courses fall under. This program aims to help students in all different degree types. Dr. Sanborn commented explaining the process of how this works, saying, “We live in a digitally literate, hyper-specialized society in which every subject area has its own specialized periodical databases and citation systems. Each student should be taught how to read, write, research, cite, and document design in his or her major.” This being the reason why anyone of any degree background can not only appreciate, but benefit from the teachings of the tech writing classes being offered.
The program is fairly new to the university with it’s creation starting three years ago, but has shown itself to be extremely beneficial as jobs in the technical editing and writing world are growing. Students should take advantage of this program as the starting salary of tech writers in Texas is upwards of $40,000 a year.
For more information contact Dr. Sanborn.