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Island University Launches New Certificate Program for Students Seeking Writing Opportunities with Nonprofit Organizations

July 11, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Beginning fall 2016, students will have the opportunity to delve into the world of nonprofit writing with the new Writing for Nonprofits Certificate Program developed by the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of English. The deadline to apply for the online program for fall 2016 is Monday, Aug. 15.

This program is designed for professionals already working in the nonprofit world and is available to students of any major. Students are required to take four comprehensive classes to complete the program. Courses include:

  • ENGL 3301 Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 2278 Document Design and Publishing
  • ENGL 4320 Professional Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 4321 Grants and Proposals

“We’ve developed this special online program with the working professional in mind,” said Dr. Charles Etheridge, Associate Professor of English. “We know their time is limited. The convenience of earning this certificate is the students will not have to travel to campus in order to take classes.”

Three of the four courses are currently available online, with the fourth – Grants and Proposals – available online starting spring 2017.

These classes allow students to sharpen workplace writing skills, develop design skills for print and online publications, learn to manage an organization’s media and social media presence and gain real-world experience by writing grant applications for area nonprofits.

The need for the program grew out of research done by Dr. Diana Cardenas, Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Etheridge, who interviewed local successful professionals in nonprofit agencies about the types of writing experience needed in their careers. This led them to develop the first course in 2012, and later, a certificate program, being developed around these skills.

For more information on the program, visit; or call Dr. Charles Etheridge at 361.825.5755; or email