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The Applied Communication course uses an activity-oriented approach designed to appeal to a variety of learning styles, especially for students motivated by hands-on instruction.  Students learn and practice communication in conversations and meetings, through memos, letters, reports, charts, and graphs.  Communication/language arts/English skills are taught as they apply in the work place, particularly in the areas of health occupations, family and consumer sciences, and technical/industrial trades.

Students learn to analyze communication using the sender/message/receiver model of communication.  They learn to develop self-management, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills and practice them by participating in effective teams.  They practice oral presentation skills both individually and in teams.  Review of basic writing skills, including grammar, usage, and vocabulary, is incorporated as needed.

Students practice utilization of both print and electronic reference sources.  They develop basic word-processing skills as they write business letters and memos.  Presentation software (i.e., PowerPoint) is introduced and incorporated, as well.  (Keyboarding experience is helpful, but not required.)

Applied Communication improves skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, problem-solving, and visual and nonverbal communication.  Word processing skills are also included in the curriculum.

*All students enrolled in high school credit career programs are required to take Applied Communication throughout their two-year training.  The only exceptions are high school seniors in Advanced Residential Carpentry or third-year students who have completed English requirements at their home school.



Instructor:  Ronald L. Hovis

Title:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  ATS 111

Phone Ext.:  3495

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Work Experience and Special Recognition:

Mr. Hovis has a B.A. in History from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri where he graduated with Cum Laude honors, a M.A. in History from the University of Missouri St. Louis, and is working on his doctoral degree in Political Science at the University of Missouri St. Louis.  Mr. Hovis has his 7-12 Certification from the Missouri Department of Education both in History and English.  At Jefferson College he has taught Applied Communications, United States History, College for Kids, and College 101.  Mr. Hovis has served on the Faculty Senate as Vice President and President, and has been on the Global Education Committee since it was founded.

In 2001 Mr. Hovis was one of 20 educators from Missouri chosen to tour China, and in 2002 he was on of 24 educators from a three state area to visit schools in Japan.  He is a loyal St. Louis Cardinal fan and a dedicated cyclist having ridden all 220 miles of the Katy Trail in Missouri. 



Instructor:  Sheba M. Nitsch

Title:  Associate Professor

Office #:  ATS 113

Phone Ext.:  3496

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Work Experience and Special Recognition:

Mrs. Nitsch has taught Applied Communications at the Area Technical School since 1997.  She holds a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in teaching and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English, both from Southeast Missouri State University.  She also holds a Missouri Teacher's Certificate in English 7-12.  Mrs. Nitsch has completed additional graduate coursework at Southeast Missouri State, Central Missouri State, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Her previous teaching experience includes English composition as an adjunct at Ranken Technical College, Southwestern Illinois College, and Jefferson College.


For more information…

    • Phone:  636-481-3498 or 636-797-3000, ext. 3498.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2013 )
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