College of the Sequoias Communication courses are designed to help students improve their communication and success in college, careers, and personal relationships. Our department offers a variety of course in public speaking, interpersonal communication, argumentation & debate, persuasion, group communication, intercultural communication, and public speaking for business. Earning our certificate or an associate's degree in Communication is an ideal way to prepare you to enter the workforce more confidently. Either of these programs will also be helpful when continuing your education at a four-year institution. The ability to communicate effectively is consistently reported by companies as the number one skill for career advancement. The U.S. Department of Labor states that the most important qualities for high job performance include listening, speaking, creative thinking, decision making, problem-solving, reasoning, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, integrity, and honesty.
All of these skills can be developed and refined during your pursuit of a communication certificate. You will open up new career opportunities. Career fields related to communication-related careers include teaching, sales, human relations, customer service, social services, management, public relations, advertising, media, fundraising, law, politics, and publishing. The U.S. Department of labor claims that at least 9 of these areas will be the “biggest generators of new jobs" in the next 10 years. Virtually every educational major and career goal will benefit from an emphasis on communication. Whether you plan to be a nurse, police officer, or own your own business, developing your communication skill will enable you to be more productive at your tasks. The ability to work successfully in multicultural groups, resolve differences, listen well, and express yourself clearly not only help in a work setting but may also be the keys for satisfying personal, community and family relationships.