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Volume XXIII No. 3 - Jan. 22, 1999

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On-line writing courses offered by the bureau of personnel

The bureau of personnel training program is offering two online writing courses this spring. The course, writing for results, is for the business writer, while the technical writing course is geared towards those individuals that want to improve reports, studies, analyses, procedures, and other technical documents.

Participants must have internet and email access to take either course.

If you are interested in taking either of the courses, contact Becky Bruce at 6549 or Anita Haeder at 6545 to register. Course costs will be billed to the requesting department(s).

Technical writing course begins March 2, 1999. The online technical writing class condenses a two-day classroom seminar into eight one-hour Internet-based lessons. This program focuses on the technical writer who wants to improve reports, studies, analyses, procedures, and other technical documents.

The course is held over eight weeks. At the start of the course, participants receive an ID and password for the website. They may access the site any time and as many times as they want during the eight weeks.

Each week participants complete a homework assignment. They use the website's "send homework" button to call up their email and send in their homework. The course coach replies via email with personal, confidential feedback on their performance. When participants complete their homework on time, the coach responds within 48 hours. Though we cannot guarantee the 48-hour turn-around time for late homework, the coach does accept any assignment at any point during the eight weeks.

Topics covered in the technical writing course:

  • audience and purpose
  • multiple audience
  • mapping and clustering
  • issues messages
  • instructions and procedures
  • solution messages
  • writing style I & II

Course cost is $205.

The writing for results course begins April 29, 1999.

The online writing for results class condenses a two-day classroom seminar into eight one-hour Internet-based lessons. Each lesson contains an essential article, examples or self-test, a homework assignment, and an advanced tip. Throughout the course, participants also have access to an online thesaurus and dictionary as well as the grammar and punctuation guide.

The process for the writing for results course is the same as for the technical writing course.

Topics covered in the writing for results course:

  • purpose
  • audience
  • mapping and clustering
  • informative messages
  • persuasive messages
  • negative messages

Course cost is $185.

BOP offers driving and first-aid courses

The South Dakota department of transportation through the bureau of personnel is offering the following courses at the Rapid City Howard Johnson.

Contact Becky Bruce at 6549 or Anita Haeder at 6545 to register. These courses are free. However, travel costs will be charged to the requesting department.

  • March 16, 1999 - Defensive Driving - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 17, 1999 - First Aid with CPR - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 18, 1999 - Back Injury Prevention - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 20, 1999 - CPR - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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