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After 25 years of teaching UC Berkeley engineering students the writing and speaking skills they will need for their profession, the Technical Communication Program in the UC Berkeley College of Engineering faces potential elimination. The loss of this program will do irreparable damage to the future careers of engineering students and to the strength and reputation of the College of Engineering.
Most students do not major in engineering because they love to write. Nonetheless, after graduation, engineers spend 40 percent or more of their work days writing and giving presentations. Their professional success depends not only on their technical skills but also on their ability to communicate their ideas and proposals clearly and powerfully.